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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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Nov 20

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PRIMARK: Have you paid your workers?

Since March, workers who produce Primark’s clothes in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia have been protesting mass dismissal, unpaid wages and reduction in pay. Sign our petition today and join us in calling for Primark to to ensure that all workers in their supply chain are paid their wages. Workers should not have to pay the cost ...

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Oct 20

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Boohoo update

Since last year, we have been campaigning for the online fast fashion brand Boohoo to clean up its supply chain and publish its supplier list. Thousands of you signed our petition. Multiple news reports of illegally exploited workers in Leicester and dodgy practices brought Boohoo under the spotlight, and this provoked the brand to ...

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Sep 20

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Report: Out of the Shadows

This short report is designed as a guide to the Fashion Checker tool (FashionChecker.org) and highlights what is missing in regards to brand commitments and practices in paying a living wage to workers in their supply chains. The report is based on research undertaken in 2019 and early 2020.

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Aug 20

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Trutex school uniform campaign: update

Last summer, we asked you to help us push Trutex into becoming a more transparent supplier of school unfirms. At the time, Trutex’s website offered vague promises of a commitment to ethical production and assurances that its production sites are well managed and safe. Yet it didn’t provide any evidence that what they said was ...

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