Falling orders deprive workers of stable jobs in textiles and clothing
Workers at a garment factory in the southern province of Bac Lieu, February 2022. Photo VnExpress/Le Tuyet
Vietnam’s textile-clothing companies have seen their orders fall from the second quarter to now and they are shifting their workers to work.
The industry’s exports have been “weird” this year, significantly affecting many companies, said Tran Thi Tuyet Mai, deputy general secretary of the Vietnam Textile and Clothing Association (VITAS).
At the start of the year, companies received a lot of orders and even faced labor shortages; but since the second quarter, the impacts of the Russian-Ukrainian war have caused fuel prices to rise and the consumption habits of people in many countries to change, leading to a sharp drop in purchasing power for clothing and articles fashion, she said during a talk at HCMC on Thursday.
Mai said many factories had to rotate workers because there wasn’t enough work for everyone at once.
VITAS is investigating the damage to the industry to try to identify solutions to help businesses and workers, she said.
Vietnam’s textile and garment industry has 13,000 companies and more than three million employees.
The industry’s exports topped $40 billion last year, accounting for 12% of the country’s total export value.