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Apr 21

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We’re hiring: Lived Experience Adviser

Labour Behind the Label is recruiting an adviser with lived experience of working in UK garment factories to ensure that the voice of garment workers remains central our work.

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Apr 21

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Positive response from Asos on Bangladesh Accord: All brands must step up

The Accord is widely recognized as the gold standard for safety, but the current agreement comes to an end in May 2021, and the legally binding aspect of the agreement as well as its ability to operate independently of brands’ control is under threat.

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Mar 21

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Pay Your Workers, Respect Labour Rights

The 35 million people around the world who sew our clothes make some of the lowest wages in the world. It would cost brands just 10 cents more per t-shirt to make sure garment workers survive the pandemic.

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Feb 21

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Tell Next to respect garment workers’ rights

Workers at a Next factory in Sri Lanka have unionised! But Next refuses to recognise the union. In January 2021, following a successful action to win back unpaid bonuses, workers at a factory owned by Next formed a new branch of the FTZ&GSEU trade union. Workers reported intimidation, threats and discrimination, but stood firm and ...

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Feb 21

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Joint Statement: Western brands must condemn the military coup and support workers in Myanmar

Labour Behind the Label has joined 16 other civil society organisations and trade unions to sign a joint statement on the situation in Myanmar.  We join the growing number of voices in Myanmar and around the world that are calling for the military to release those detained and reinstate the democratic process.

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Feb 21

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Women working in UK garment factories are four times as likely to die from Covid-19 than women in other occupations

New analysis from the ONS shows that in the UK, women working in garment factories are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than women in any other occupation, including caring roles.  Of this group, women in sewing machinist roles have the highest fatality rate, with 64.8 deaths per 100,000. The average rate of death for ...

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Feb 21

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Tansy Hoskins: One Challenger’s experience of the Six Items

I have a confession to make: I own 182 pieces of clothing. Last year I decided to pack 176 of them into large laundry bags and wear only the remaining six for the next six weeks. What happened is a tale of two halves.

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Dec 20

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Multi-Millionaire garment brand owners once again fail their workers

Following the collapse of Arcadia Group and the ongoing debate about who will buy up the pieces, Labour Behind the Label have issued the following joint statement with War on Want about the obscene wealth accrued and extracted from failing businesses by multi-millionaire garment brand owners, at the expense of workers in vulnerable ...

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Dec 20

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Primark update

In November, we launched a campaign calling on Primark to commit to ensuring that all the workers in their supply chain were paid throughout the pandemic and beyond. Nearly 1300 of you joined the call and put pressure on Primark by signing our petition. Primark have since issued a response, published by the Business and […]

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Nov 20

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Boohoo: Pay back your workers and go transparent

Black Friday 2020 is here – a national day of shopping frenzy when cheap mark ups see hundreds of thousands of shoppers drawn to buy. Online fashion brand Boohoo are set to make a big advertising push. Will you join the campaign to tell them to pay their workers back for their unpaid wages, and […]

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