Garment Workers in
Cambodia Strike Talks to try to end an 11-day strike at a Cambodian supplier that makes garments for international brands
including Gap, Levi's and H&M broke down on May 22 after a day of negotiations.
More than 1,500 workers at Singapore-owned garment maker SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Company have taken
action to demand more pay and better working conditions.
Workers from the garment maker's SL1 and SL2 factories marched to the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry in the capital Phnom Pento demand intervention, but eight hours of negotiation failed to net an agreement.
According to Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers Democratic Union
(C.CAWDU), who represented for the workers at the talks, the workers rejected the factory's offer of a combined transport and
living allowance of $7 per month.
Instead, they are calling for an allowance of $10 a month, having dropped this from an initial level of $25. They
have also lowered their attendance bonus demands from $12 per month to $10, but the factory is offering just $8.
Other demands have also been rejected by factory managers.
The strike will continue until an agreement is reached, Ath Thorn added.
SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd is a subsidy of Singapore-based SL International Holdings Pte Ltd, which
was founded in 1998 and has 5,000 workers. The company also supplies clothes to brands such as Zara, Banana
Republic and Decathlon.
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Inditex Expands to Ecuador
Inditex, the world's largest clothing retailer and owner
of the Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka and Stradivarius chains,
has entered Ecuador for the first time by opening a number
of stores in the country.
The Zara, Pull&Bear and Bershka stores opened on May 24,
while the first Stradivarius outlet opened May 26.
The shops are located at Quito's upscale Quicentro
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Honduras Labor Complaint The US Department of Labor is to review alleged failures by the government of Honduras to enforce its
labor laws under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.
The move follows a complaint made in March by the US union federation AFL-CIO and more than two dozen Honduran
The groups allege that the Honduran government's actions - or lack thereof - denied workers their rights in a number
of sectors including apparel manufacturing. This includes freedom of association, the right to
organize, the right to bargain collectively, child labor, and acceptable conditions of work.
They also claim the government amended the labor law in late 2010 to allow employers to hire up to 40% of their
workforce on temporary, part-time contracts for work that is full-time permanent work. However, they point out this
also weakens workers' rights.
The Labor Department says its review aims to gather information so it can better understand the allegations
and publicly report on the US government's views.
A report of the review process along with any findings and recommendations is expected to be issued within 180 days.
Online Shopping Increases
in UK Shopping online for clothing has reached a new high with nearly nine out of ten UK consumers now shopping for
apparel online, according to research from Cotton Council International.
The study found 44% of British shoppers surveyed go online at least once a month or more to buy clothes, with 3%
doing this daily. In addition, some 13% of British shoppers buy most of their clothes online - up 10% on two
Although over half of British shoppers have less money to spend compared to a year ago, 60% of shoppers prefer to
spend more on better quality products.
Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe, international marketing manager for Cotton Council International, said: "Our
research reveals that there has been a marked uplift for people going online to research and buy clothing, but not
at the expense of quality. This trend has seen retailers across the board take more of an interest in their online
clothing offering - ensuring the customer experience, delivered both on and offline, is second to none."
The research also reveals 42% of consumers now use the internet to compare products and prices across stores.
Only 10% of consumers spent more than GBP500 (US$783.91) on clothes last year, with the average spend being GBP230.
Thiers-Ratcliffe added: "Today's shoppers are more vigilant than ever - thinking harder about their clothing
purchases and examining what and how much they need to buy.
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Cotton Planting Drops
10% in China Cotton planting in China has dropped by 10% in major growing regions as labor costs increased, cutting profits,
according to reports.
The Yangtze River and Yellow River areas, which account for more than 60% of the country's output saw the largest
declines, Bloomberg said.
Planting in China may drop by 9.2% in 2012 as high costs and falling prices have cut its appeal, China Cotton
Association vice president Gao Fang said. The government has said it will continue to buy new crop cotton at
above-market prices to boost planting.
It will continue to stockpile locally produced cotton to stem the decline in prices and protect farmer interests.
It will buy new crop cotton at CNY2,400 a ton.
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Alvanon Studio Fashion
Fit Tool Apparel fit specialist Alvanon has launched a technical fit mannequin for small companies and designers based on
its 'US Missy Standard' generated from 3D body scans of real US consumers.
With a realistic human body shape, posture and balance, the AlvaForm Studio will be available in two styles,
including a dress form and a torso form.
The new fashion tool will initially be available in North America and Canada, with plans to launch the European
shape equivalent later in the year.
Crafted in 3D, every detail of the body is considered to ensure the fit form works well for pattern making, draping
and fitting. The Studio forms are made in Alvanon's self-healing, skin soft memory foam, wrapped in stretch
cotton weave that is easy to pin.
They also feature measurement lines for the chest, under-bust, high hip and low hip to help consistently
identify critical points of measurement for garment fit accuracy. These lines extend around the body to help users
identify the location of key landmarks as they create and develop patterns and styles.
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