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Take action: tell Zara, Next, and Mango - pay your workers the wages they earned


Workers at the Bravo Tekstil factory complex in Istanbul are demanding their unpaid wages and severance after working without payment for three months following the sudden shutdown of their factory.

The factory was producing for fashion giants Zara, Next, and Mango.

The workers have sought justice in the Turkish courts and have won their case. Legally they are owed the full three months’ wages and severance payments. Over one year since the closure of the factory in July 2016 there is no satisfactory solution in sight, so the workers, supported by their union, have launched a petition. They are calling on conscious consumers to support their campaign for compensation for their three months of unpaid labour. Support the workers of Bravo Tekstil

Tannery workers, Bangadesh (c) GMB Akash

Take action: ask brands to Step Up and tell us where our shoes are made


Do you know where and how your shoes were made? You’ve probably heard about low wages and poor safety standards in the clothing industry – but did you know that people make your shoes in some of the most toxic workplaces in the world? And that the women who hand-stitch your leather shoes have no job security, few rights and are extremely vulnerable to exploitation by their employers?

Working conditions in the shoe industry are hidden from us because most brands keep their supply chains secret. This needs to change.

We are calling on leading UK shoe brands and retailers (Schuh, Office, Faith (Debenhams), Dr Martens, Primark, Asda, (Shop Direct),, Boden, Harvey Nichols and Sports Direct) along with leading global shoe brands (Deichmann, Camper, Prada, Birkenstock, CCC, Leder & Schuh) to:

  • Publish the names and addresses of all their suppliers
  • Report on progress in moving away from dangerous chemicals
  • Show that they are respecting the human rights of the people who make their shoes, ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions

Cambodia: support 208 factory workers in their struggle for lost wages


The sudden closure of a garment factory has left 208 workers in Cambodia without jobs, salaries, or their legally owed compensation. One year later these workers, mainly women, are still fighting for justice. The factory – Chung Fai Knitwear – was making clothing for Marks & Spencer (UK), Nygård (Canada) and Bonmarché (UK). The workers have been facing a long struggle.

They stood up for their rights by preventing the owners from selling the remaining assets from the factory, through physical occupation of the factory as well as legal measures. They have protested outside the Mark & Spencer office in Phnom Penh, outside the Ministry of Labour, and the court. They wrote letters to the brands pleading for help and asked for meetings. None of this helped. Now the workers, supported by trade unions and labour rights’ organisations, demand that the brands take responsibility and ensure that they get their legally due payment. Please support these brave women.