Blog: Strikes take limelight once again
Joe Ayling | 20 September 2010
A widespread garment strike in Cambodia last week showed that Bangladesh is not the only low-cost supplier facing worker unrest.
Two of Cambodia’s major garment unions, CCAWDU and NIFTUC, announced the strike last Monday (20 September), involving 75,000 workers demanding a minimum wage of US$93, from $61 currently.
It mirrors large-scale protests in Bangladesh last month, when an increase in the minimum wage for garment workers fell below expectations.
The Cambodia strikes lasted four days, ending on Thursday when Government officials agreed to hold talks with manufacturers.
In other news, Pakistan's depleted cotton industry was granted some respite last week, as the EU announced trade concessions worth around EUR300m (US$392m) over a year.
Brussels agreed to reduce duties on cotton yarn, cotton fabrics, denims, and cotton-based men’s garments to help the country cope with the devastation of recent floods.
In retail news, UK fashion brand French Connection struck a deal with the US subsidiary of Li & Fung last week to sell a range of clothing at US retail chain Sears.
The retailer is planning a strong advertising push for the collection, called UK Style by French Connection, which will launch at 500 Sears locations in the first quarter of next year.
Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung....
As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong. ...
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
- Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change
- Why collaboration is key to fashion supply chains
- Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh
- Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Adidas to digitalise Speedfactory concept
- Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim"
- M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers
- Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge
- US Q1 in brief – Columbia Sportswear, Amazon
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective