Labour Behind the Label

Tell Primark to stop the fear and support worker safety and rights


Apr 19


427 workers from Primark suppliers in Bangladesh lost their jobs after taking part in largely peaceful protests to dispute the sub-poverty minimum wage which is being paid in Bangladesh.  382 are now facing false charges bought by factory owners, and are unable to find other jobs due to systematic blacklisting[1]. Yet fast-fashion giant Primark has made no indication that it is willing to act to protect workers in Bangladesh.

Primark have just opened their world’s largest store in Birmingham.As the profits roll in on the back of Bangladeshi workers’ efforts, Primark have not publicly disputed the arrests and the dismissals, or shown any indication that they are demanding that suppliers reinstate workers and pay compensation. Furthermore, while Bangladesh faces a factory safety crisis as the Government of Bangladesh seeks to evict the Accord from the country, Primark once again are remaining silent [2].

Wednesday 24th April is the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse. Out of respect to the 1138 people who died in the disaster, Primark need to prioritise workers’ rights and the need for safe factories, and must act. Sign the petition to call on them to stop the repression at their suppliers and publicly support factory safety.

Made in Bangladesh. Made in fear.

Dear Primark,

The crackdown on workers’ rights in Bangladesh has seen thousands of workers dismissed without legal justification and unsubstantiated charges bought against many workers, including 382 from your own suppliers. On top of this violence and repression of rights, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety faces imminent eviction from the country. Safe factories and workers’ rights must be protected but Primark have failed to take steps to end the repression and call publicly for the Accord to remain in Bangladesh.

We call on Primark to:
- Require suppliers to withdraw charges related to the protests against the 382 workers at Primark suppliers
- Demand Primark suppliers reinstate and compensate 427 wrongfully dismissed workers
- Express concern publicly to the government about the crackdown on workers’ rights and request dismissal of all charges
- Publicly express support for the Bangladesh Accord and call on the Government of Bangladesh to allow it to complete its life-saving work in the country unhindered.

I look forward to hearing your response to our concerns.

Yours truly,

**your signature**

980 signatures = 98% of goal

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