Myanmar’s textile workers pay the price for Australia’s fast fashion addiction

Textile workers in Myanmar struggle to make ends meet as big brands such as H&M move their production to the country chasing the lowest price of production. Garment workers in Myanmar are struggling to cover everyday living costs while factory owners enjoy the surge in demand from the global fashion brands expanding into Australia. Ma […]

Garment manufacturing: How to navigate Myanmar’s ethical maze

As it undergoes profound and rapid change, Myanmar is today emerging as one of Asia’s most sought-after hubs for fashion sourcing. The country’s opening-up to the global economy has come after decades of military rule, during which a long period of isolation and internal conflict was followed by an era of gradual disengagement from politics […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

Myanmar garment industry body denies use of child labour in factories

Some international media outlets published reports on the booming industry, based on the findings of a report, entitled “The Myanmar Dilemma” published by Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO). The report revealed that top brands including H&M, Lonsdale and Pierre Cardin have been sourcing from factories employing children as young as 14. MGMA […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour

Children as young as 14 have been employed to make clothes for some of the most popular names on the UK high street, according to a new report. New Look, Sports Direct’s Lonsdale brand and H&M have all used factories found to have employed children, after several major brands switched their production to low-cost factories […]

Myanmar’s clothing industry is set for significant growth in the coming years

Myanmar’s clothing industry is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a report in the latest issue of Global Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Forecasters have predicted that there could be up to 1.5 million jobs in the garment industry by 2020 compared with approximately 230,000 in mid-2015, […]

Myanmar garments to get US boost

Aung Thein, vice president of the Myanmar Industries Association and managing director of Nibban Electronics, welcomed the move, saying it would boost exports to the US and strengthen local industries. Garment factories would reap the most from the decision, he said. “For the time being, some well-known brands like H&M have been making some of […]

H&M, Global Union Team Up to Teach Labour Relations at Suppliers

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz said it had agreed with IndustriALL Global Union to jointly train its direct suppliers and their workers in how to improve relations and dialogue between social partners. The Asian garment industry has been shaken by labour unrest over low wages and poor working conditions, such as pay protests in Cambodia […]

Myanmar adds new factory per week as textile sector booms

The international textile sector has discovered Myanmar. Low wages, plentiful labour and an image problem in neighbouring Bangladesh after the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse have all boosted the emerging country’s chances. Yangon- Green collars piled to one side, white polo shirts to the other – the young woman handles them with practised ease, creating […]