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US Trade Lobbying Ban 
  Hurts Textile Industry
Plans by the White House to ban federally registered lobbyists from serving on advisory panels "sharply reduces" the textile industry's voice during internal government deliberations on critical trade policy issues, as US textile group has warned.
Responding to an executive order on Wednesday, September 23, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) said small and medium size textile companies and their workers are likely to lose out in discussions on policy initiatives that can be critical to the industry's survival. 
The order, which was made in a blog post on the White House's website, advises government agencies to ban federally registered lobbyists from 
participating in any trade advisory bodies or other groups. 
In the case of industry trade advisory committees (ITACs), the rules mean that most small trade associations will no longer be able to effectively advise the government during critical trade negotiations that can spell life or death to their members. 
For the ITACs, the White House order takes effect in February 2010. 
"While big companies have the financial resources to hire lobbyists to meet with Congress and other consultants to be on these critical boards, small companies and their trade associations do not have that luxury," said NCTO president Cass Johnson. 
"Because of the White House order, domestic manufacturing groups will now have to choose between representing themselves before Congress or the Administration, but not both. 
"For textiles, our representation and input on the critical Textile and Apparel Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 13) will be sharply curtailed. 
Johnson noted that NCTO has three employees in Washington and all of them are federally registered lobbyists. None will now be able to participate in ITAC meetings.
Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, said in his blog post that while some lobbyists act in the public 
interest, others have a "disproportionate impact" on government decision makers. 
"If we are going to change the way business is done in Washington, we need to make sure we are not simply continuing the practices of the past," he wrote. 


Models wearing Rosy, Huit, Elixir, Empreinte, Chantelle, 
Millesia & Nina Ricci during the CurveNY Fashion Show 
                    Photo by Russell Van Brocklen

Re-Used Box Option
Columbia Sportswear Company has found its reused box initiative popular among e-commerce shoppers in the US.
Having launched the initiative just over a month ago, the company said that more than 60% of online customers selected the used box option.
Columbia customers can also track the life of their box online, by entering the code on the outside of each reused box.
"As a leading outdoor company, it is important for us to provide consumers with options that reduce packaging waste and to make business decisions that will reduce our overall environmental impact," said Paul Zaengle, senior director of e-commerce for Columbia.


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EU's Textile Industry Carbon
          Exemption Plans
Key elements of the European Union (EU) textile and clothing industry are likely to be exempt from the EU's plans to auction carbon dioxide emissions permits from 2013 for a number of other industries.
The European Commission has unveiled a draft list of businesses it fears could relocate to jurisdictions with weaker climate change rules, which included textiles.
Under the list released on Friday, September 18, selected industries would have free carbon credits from 2013 to 2020; pollution permits would be capped at the 2007-8 levels of the most efficient 10% of companies in a particular sector.
Clothing and textile industry sub-sectors receiving this treatment include manufacturers of cotton, wool, silk and flax-type fibres, the manufacture of starch products and dyes, and the manufactures of underwear, knitted and crocheted clothing and other apparel - amongst others.
Brussels will review the list for final approval by the New Year, adding or removing some industries. 
Under the EU's existing plans for a post-Kyoto emissions trading system from 2013, other industrial sectors will receive 80% of emission allowances free that year, decreasing annually to 30% in 2020, when they would buy 70% at auction.


22/24 Watch Tia Lyn's NY Fashion Show with beautiful models of ALL SIZES!

Asian Floor Wage Campaign
Worker organisations in Asia are launching a campaign in October, asking international apparel buyers and big apparel brands to pay a few cents extra for their purchases - to allow decent wages for garment workers.
The campaign is called the 'Asian Floor Wage Campaign' and will be unfolded across the major garment supplying countries in Asia. 
The campaign will also ask for support from trade unions and consumer movements in the US and EU, the main export destinations of apparel from Asia. 
Trade unions believe that big western retailers like Walmart, Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, JC Penney and Marks and Spencer are in a position to 
force their low purchasing prices on garment manufacturers in Asian countries. 
The Asian Floor Wage sets a standard basic wage for garment workers across Asia, based on cost of living. 
It is currently calculated at 475 international dollars (using the purchasing power parity method of the World Bank) for Asian countries.
"We are not asking for a lot. A few cents extra will make a big difference. We are saying give this extra money directly to the workers, not the garment factory," Chamila Thushari, from Da Bindu, a women's group, told journalists at a press conference held September 23, to announce the launch of the campaign in Sri Lanka. 
Worker representatives say international buyers can afford to contribute to wages.
President of the Sri Lankan Progress Union, Palitha Athukorala, said: "Garment retailers and brands have such big profit margins, they can definitely afford to pay a few cents extra to help garment workers in Asian countries. 
"Just as an example, if you take a shirt that is sold at US$22.50 to US consumers, 75% of that price is profit for the retailer.
"If the shirt is made in Sri Lanka the labour cost is only 2.8% of the price. Up to the CIF value it is only 23.1% of the retail price."



      South African Textile 
Workers Strike Suspended
A two-week long national strike by around 55,000 South African clothing workers has been suspended after renewed talks over wages appears to have reached a deal.
The South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union last week agreed to help from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try to resolve the ongoing dispute.
According to local news reports it now seems a wage offer has been agreed with employers, although full details haven't been disclosed.
An earlier 8% wage hike was rejected by workers because the conditions linked to it were unacceptable.

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