Once more into the sunset? Asian clothing firms after the national minimum wage
UNSPECIFIED (2003) Once more into the sunset? Asian clothing firms after the national minimum wage. In: 3rd Conference of the International-Thermatic-Network-on-Public-Policy-and the Institutional Context of Immigrant Businesses, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, MAR 22-25, 2001. Published in: ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY, 21 (1). pp. 71-88.Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c0136
Intense global competition and the advent of a raft of employment regulations (notably, the national minimum wage, or NMW) have placed the UK garment industry under severe pressure. The prospects for a significant segment of this sector-ethnic-minority-owned businesses-appear to be extremely gloomy, although earlier predictions of its demise proved to be unduly pessimistic. Drawing on case studies of eighteen firms, we present an examination of longitudinal change in the Asian-dominated West Midlands clothing industry. In particular, the aim is to examine the responses of manufacturers to market and regulatory change (in particular, the NMW). The findings clearly illustrate that the sector is in decline, with firms finding it increasingly difficult to cope with cheap imports, labour shortages, and employment regulations. A range of responses was evident and included firms that resorted to operating in 'grey' markets; manufacturers that 'retrenched' their operations; 'work intensification'; and businesses that attempted to move 'up-market'. Finally, potential policy responses are considered. In particular, the case of the Coventry Clothing Centre is examined. The Centre worked with the grain of employment legislation, and appeared to have experienced some success in encouraging local firms to accommodate the NMW and improve working practices.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
|Journal or Publication Title:||ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 71-88|
|Title of Event:||3rd Conference of the International-Thermatic-Network-on-Public-Policy-and the Institutional Context of Immigrant Businesses|
|Location of Event:||LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||MAR 22-25, 2001|
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