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Labour scarcity grips Asian apparel industry
Feb '11
Global textile and apparel industry holds a promise of creating an additional 12 million jobs by 2012. There is urgency for increased manpower, and skilled workforce. Unfortunately, the industry is suffering from malnutrition of both.

Very less workers are available for garment industries, as more and more people are moving towards other sectors. Companies are finding it difficult to hire new employees. The workforce existing in the industry currently is also lacking adequate skill sets.

A survey on garment employees reveal that 75% of the workers had sound health before they entered the garment industry and 90% of them suffered some ailments during their tenure.

Health threats occur more frequently in garment factories due to unfavorable working conditions, lack of staff facilities, inflexible terms, conditions of garment employment, low wages and work place pressure. Garment workers henceforth seek alternative jobs. These are major issues resulting in labor scarcity.

Developed nations crave to earn more profits, and therefore force the developing nations in which they have their production units to cut down their manufacturing costs. To survive the competition, most of the developing nations adopt immoral practices.

Wages and cost of living will adjust upward, and companies can enjoy the benefits of low-cost labor only for a 4-5 years window. Time honored work systems and moral practices need to be adopted in the garment industry. Global labor scarcity proves the corollary that in the long run there would be no free lunch.

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