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Sweatshop blues for apparel exports [India]

Author: Boby Kurian & Arun Iyer, Economic Times [India] , Published on: 31 July 2007

...Influential global NGOs and trade unions are now attacking India’s apparel export industry...Global biggies like Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Ann Taylor and Mexx have snapped sourcing ties with Bangalore-based Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) after international watchdog Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) accused the company of labour rights violations in recent months. Others like Esprit, meanwhile, have put their Indian vendors such as Shahi and Orient Craft on alert...But Indian firms are beginning to hit back at activists legally...[also refers to Gokaldas Exports, Texport Overseas, Leela Scottish Lace, Gap, G-Star]

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Related companies: Ann Taylor Esprit Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) G-Star Gap Gokaldas Exports Levi Strauss Liz Claiborne (part of J.C. Penney) Mexx (part of RNF Holding) Orient Craft Shahi Textiles Texport Overseas Tommy Hilfiger (part of PVH)