Privileges The US Government has suspended trade privileges for Bangladesh over safety issues in the country's
The Obama administration has come under pressure to suspend the privileges in recent months, first
after a fire at the Tazreen Fashions garment factory killed 114 people in November, and
intensifying after the Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
US trade representative Michael Froman said the decision to suspend tariff benefits under the
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program is because the statute requires "certain basic
standards" for worker rights and worker safety.
"Over the past few years, the US Government has worked closely with the Government of Bangladesh to
encourage the reforms needed to meet those basic standards," said Froman.
"Despite our close engagement and our clear, repeated expressions of concern, the US Government
has not seen sufficient progress towards those reforms. The recent tragedies that needlessly took
the lives of over 1,200 Bangladeshi garment factory workers have served to highlight some of the
serious shortcomings in worker rights and workplace safety standards in Bangladesh."
He emphasized that the Obama administration is initiating new discussions with the Bangladeshi
government to improve the worker rights environment so that GSP benefits can be restored.
The tariff preferences being cut largely cover imports of tobacco, sports equipment, porcelain
china and plastic products. They do not cover the country's garment industry, which represents the
lion's share of trade with the US.
According to Otexa figures, the US imported some US$4.7bn worth of apparel and textile products in
the year to April 2013, accounting for 4.66% of the total apparel imported by the US over the period.
The Bangladesh government described the decision as "unfortunate", expressing its "deep concern that
this harsh measure may bring in fresh obstacles in an otherwise flourishing bilateral trade".
The statement, released by the Foreign Ministry, emphasized that it "cannot be more shocking" for
factory workers in Bangladesh that the decision to suspend GSP comes at a time when the Government of
Bangladesh has taken "concrete and visible measures" to improve factory safety and protect
The government highlighted efforts to improve the situation for garment sector workers including
amendments to the labor act in 2006, the ILO government-employer-worker tripartite agreement and
the formation of a ministerial committee to ensure compliance in garment factories.
The Bangladesh government said it hopes that the US administration will soon bring back Bangladesh's
GSP status, and that despite the setback, buyers will continue to do business with the "long trusted
The decision may impose some pressure on the European Union, which signaled
at the end of May that Bangladesh will continue to have access to its GSP scheme.
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Trade The US and Indian governments are looking to grow trade and investments between the two countries at
the fourth annual US-India Strategic Dialogue.
Bilateral trade in goods and services has reached close to US$100bn, the countries said. The two
sides welcomed the adoption of new regulations regarding foreign investment ceilings in several
sectors of the Indian economy, and the creation of new Cabinet-level mechanisms to expedite investment
in India's infrastructure.
Co-chairs, US secretary of State John Kerry and India's external affairs minister Shiri Salman
Khurshid said they support increased investment in mutually rewarding opportunities in their vast and
growing markets and they will resume talks to conclude a Bilateral Investment Treaty/Bilateral
Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement soon.
Both governments said they are committed to facilitating greater two-way trade and investment,
including with respect to goods, services, and skilled professionals.
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Over 400 Workers Fired
Over Strike Protests are continuing over the mass sacking in Cambodia of striking workers who make garments for
companies including Nike, Lululemon Athletica and Wilson Sports Apparel.
The IndustriAll Global Union, which says it is working with Nike to intervene in the dispute at
the Sabrina factory, claims up to 415 workers have been sacked.
But Ken Loo, secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia
(GMAC),said the figure is much lower.
"65 workers were dismissed for serious misconduct including participation in acts of violence
resulting in property damage," he said, adding that "another 77 workers also had their employment
terminated for a variety of other reasons including resignations, expiry of employment contracts, etc."
The union said that as well as the mass sacking at the factory in Kampong Speu province, west of Phnom
Penh, the Cambodian capital, arrest warrants had been issued for 16 workers identified by management
as being instrumental in the industrial dispute.
Of these, eight had been arrested and were in prison, while the other eight were in hiding,
IndustriAll said – with hundreds of workers at the factory gates demanding their release.
The dispute centers on claims that management had reneged on an agreement to improve employment
conditions at the factory, leading local union the FTUWKC to demand a US$14 a month pay increase and
for temporary workers to be given the same rights as permanent employees.
When these claims were not met, two seven-day strikes were called from May 21 and June 3, with
some 4,000 out of the total 5,300 workforce claimed to have taken part.
The union is calling for the immediate release of the arrested workers, a settlement of the dispute,
justice for the pregnant women and the reinstatement of the sacked workers.
It also demanded that the Sabrina management “enter into good faith dialogue and positive industrial
relations going forward”, adding: “It is IndustriAll’s expectation that Nike, Wilson and
Lululemon strongly intervene to ensure these demands are met."
Loo added that while the strike is ongoing, more than 95% of workers have returned to work and fewer
than 100 workers are still protesting.
US Downgraded Uzbekistan
Over Forced Labor The US government has downgraded Uzbekistan in its
Global Trafficking in Persons (GITP) report to tier III, the worst ranking available, for its use of
forced and child labor to pick the country's cotton crop.
The GITP report called for Uzbekistan to "take substantive action to end the use of forced child
and adult labor during the annual cotton harvest".
It is also said the country should allow international experts, such as the ILO, conduct an
independent assessment of the use of forced labor during the annual cotton harvest; reissue and
enforce the prime minister's decree to ban child labor in the cotton harvest for 2013; and extend
the decree to ban the mobilization of all children and adults in the cotton sector.
Human Rights Watch described the move as one of the strongest efforts in years to hold Uzbekistan
accountable for its "atrocious" record on forced labor.
The NGO said that under the US Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPA), President
Barack Obama must decide within 90 days whether to apply or waive the sanctions mandated for Tier III
countries. If Uzbek authorities fail to invite the
ILO to monitor the situation prior to this year's fall harvest, the Obama administration should
impose sanctions, including travel restrictions for Uzbek officials involved in the forced
system, it added.
"The US State Department took an important step by declaring to the world that Uzbekistan is one of
the worst offenders when it comes to forced labor," said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia
researcher at Human Rights Watch.
"Now the White House needs to take the next step and let Uzbekistan know that if it doesn't allow
impartial observers to visit during the harvest, there will be real consequences."
The report also found a number of cases of labor trafficking in the textile and garment industry in
Russia, which also received a tier III rating. In some of the labor trafficking cases throughout the
country, foreign workers died while locked in factories or employer-provided housing. In a
factory in the Moscow suburbs, textile workers were beaten, poorly fed, refused medical care, and
prohibited from leaving the factory, the GITP report said.
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Baci Lingerie Donates Over 1000 Bras to Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes
Baci’s Commitment to Charitable Outreach Extends
to XO Oklahoma & the Kerr Foundation Baci Lingerie donates over 1000 bras to victims of the recent tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. The exact donation for 1176 brand new bras of various styles – a total retail value of over $15,000 – assists the XO Oklahoma organization, operated through the Kerr Foundation.
“It’s so important to have an organization such as The Kerr Foundation, especially in times of crisis and chaos,” says Baci Lingerie Director of Sales and Operations Alicia Sinclair. “We are very happy to be able to help, and encourage other companies to do what they can to help; we hope this is a step towards healing and recovery for the women of Moore after this terrible disaster.”
Moore, Oklahoma, which is located in the middle of the infamous “Tornado Alley,” was hit by a rare EF-5 tornado on May 20, 2013. The path of destruction was 16.2 miles long and 2 miles wide, claiming 24 lives and injuring over 377 others. Two hundred mile per hour winds destroyed homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools. Ten days later another tornado ripped through Moore on May 31, resulting in devastating flooding and additional victims.
Hugs and Kisses, or XO, is a new project from the Kerr Foundation, formed to gather and distribute new and gently used clothing and accessory items for women and men affected by the Moore tornado disaster. The Foundation has partnered with the Infant Crisis Center, Suited for Success, and Women of the South, to collect donations. Through the project, the groups hope to also provide women affected by the deadly Moore tornadoes with a “girls’ day out” full of pampering.
The group will open a pop-up boutique in or near Moore in the next couple of weeks to provide a free shopping experience for women most affected by the tornadoes.
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Baci Lingerie owner Frank Koretsky says, “Organizations like XO Oklahoma and The Kerr Foundation are crucial in times of natural disasters such as the one recently experienced in Moore. Grassroots organizations that can reach and help local residents quickly and efficiently in times of crisis are so important – and we’re happy to assist them with our donations. Baci urges everyone to find ways to help; together, we can create a positive road to recovery for everyone affected.”
Donating to XO Oklahoma is the most recent example of Baci Lingerie’s commitment to philanthropy, social consciousness, and charitable outreach. Baci Lingerie recently raised over $8,000 for the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund for breast cancer, at Baci’s second semiannual charity dinner in April. Baci also participated in the 2013 Revlon Run/Walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment. Baci’s international partners work harmoniously to streamline philanthropic endeavors and global vision. The synchronized network carries the Baci brand and philosophy to all territories simultaneously, allowing Baci to embrace and encourage the beauty of women throughout the world.
Additional donations are still being sought by XO Oklahoma; new or like-new items can be dropped off or shipped to The Kerr Foundation, 12501 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120, attention Christi Coyle. For more information, email
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