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Tell your MP: we need a new law to hold brands to account!

Tell your MP: we need a new law to hold brands to account!

 Tell Your MP to   back a new law to   hold brands to   account 

From poverty wages, to union-busting, from unsafe factories, to gender-based violence – UK brands don’t just ignore exploitation and abuse in their supply chains, they profit from it.

It’s time to tip the balance of power. 

Garment workers and campaigners around the world have been fighting for decades to improve conditions and hold big fashion to account – but we need more tools to strengthen our hand. 

Across the EU, new laws are being introduced that will make it more possible for workers everywhere to hold companies accountable for human rights abuses and environmental harms. The UK is shamefully lagging behind, and it remains too difficult for garment workers around the world to bring cases against UK brands in UK courts. 

We urgently need a UK law to hold fashion brands accountable when they fail to prevent violations of the rights of garment workers who make their clothes. 

At the end of last year, Baroness Young of Hornsey introduced a groundbreaking Private Member’s Bill in the House of Lords: the Commercial Organisations and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill. This is the first time a UK law mandating companies to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harms in their supply chains is being debated in Parliament, with the second reading taking place on 10 May 2024. We need to make sure all parliamentarians know how many of us support this law.

If enough of us demand a new Business Human Rights and Environment Act, our elected representatives must listen!

 

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Marks & Spencer, Superdry: Respect labour rights!

Marks & Spencer, Superdry: Respect labour rights!

Marks & Spencer, Superdry: Respect labour rights! 

Adidas workers around the world protesting

Workers of the Sumithra Hasalaka factory in Sri Lanka have been struggling for better pay for over two months! Workers went on strike in February after a shameless wage proposal and repression of their union organising. 

Email the CEOs of M&S and Superdry to make sure brands use their power to support the workers. 

On 10 February 2024, workers of the Sumithra Hasalaka factory in Sri Lanka organised by the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZ & GSEU) started striking for a wage offer that meets their cost of living. Over two months on, 121 brave workers – most of them young women from rural backgrounds – continue to stand strong despite harassment, intimidation, and financial hardship.

Workers at the Sumithra Group, including the Hasalaka factory, make clothes for 9 international brands and are paid under £3 per day. Of the active Sumithra factories, Hasalaka is currently the only unionised workplace, which is why Hasalaka workers have been able to resist a wage offer that does not meet any Sumithra workers’ basic needs. None of the international brands sourcing from the Sumithra Group have taken decisive action to ensure their supplier treats workers better. Two UK brands – M&S and Superdry – are among the most important customers of the Sumithra Group.

Take urgent action and call on M&S and Superdry to take responsibility for ensuring decent wages and freedom of association for their workers! Fill in the form to send the brands’ CEOs an email today.

Workers in Sri Lanka are struggling to survive on poverty wages after years of financial crisis and inflation.They need the power of their unions more than ever. It is unacceptable that striking workers have been subjected to harassment, intimidation and even violence just for standing up for their rights.”

Anton Marcus, FTZ & GSEU

Sumithra claims it cannot afford to improve workers’ wages. We demand that brands use pricing and order continuity to ensure Sumithra negotiates in good faith with the union for an improved wage offer, stops all union busting, pays workers for the strike period, and allows striking workers to return to position without retaliation! 

 

Email the M&S and Superdry CEOs to put pressure on their supplier Sumithra Group

Dear CEO,

Dear CEO, I am writing to you regarding the ongoing struggle of garment workers in Sumithra Hasalaka in Sri Lanka. I was shocked to learn that these workers, most of them young women from rural backgrounds, went on strike on 10 February 2024 and that their organising has been met with intimidation, harassment and union busting. The workers across Sumithra Group factories received a shamefully low wage offer for 2024, which forced the only workers with the ability to do so to take action through their independent trade union FTZ & GSEU. As one of the most important buyers of the Sumithra Group, I call on you to use your significant power to ensure:

  • Sumithra improves the wage offer through good faith negotiations with the union;
  • Sumithra permits all striking workers to return to their previous positions in the Hasalaka factory, without retaliation;
  • Full payment of wages and bonuses for striking workers for strike period;
  • An immediate end to all union-busting measures including enforced union resignations as a condition of return to work.

If Sumithra says they cannot afford to improve wages for their workers, then it is your responsibility to correct this. As one of their biggest buyers you must tie improved pricing and order continuity to decent wages for Sumithra workers.

I hope you will urgently take steps to meet these simple bare minimum demands.

Best regards,

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552 signatures

     

Garment workers deserve good jobs in Leicester

Garment workers deserve good jobs in Leicester

GARMENT WORKERS IN LEICESTER DESERVE GOOD JOBS 

Leicester’s garment sector is in crisis, as a growing number of fast-fashion brands are forcing through discounts, making last-minute cancellations and imposing financial penalties. 

The Guardian reported in June that brands including Boohoo and Frasers Group were forcing discounts on suppliers. Consequently, factories are closing down, resulting in workers losing jobs or having seriously reduced hours. We estimate that the number of factories in Leicester has halved since 2020, from 1,000 factories to now less than 500.

Generations of Leicester garment workers have made clothes for the world with skill and with pride.  

When times are tough, fashion brands use their power to demand lower prices and push factories to closure.  

Whether it’s Covid-19 or the cost of living crisis, it is garment workers who are left to pay the price.  

We all deserve safe conditions at work, job security and a wage that allows us to lead full lives and take good care of our families.  

By signing our petition for decent work for garment workers in Leicester, you join our call to UK fashion brands to take responsibility for the workers who make their profits.

There are no worker rights to fight for if there are no jobs. Brands must commit to proving sustainable jobs for workers in Leicester.   

Leicester workers deserve good jobs! 

No more race to the bottom – fashion brands must commit to their workers! 

Decent work and fair pay is our right. 

 

Garment workers deserve good jobs!

The fashion industry makes huge profits on the back of garment workers. Yet they are paid the least and have the least job security. In Leicester, fashion brands are asking suppliers for discounts and cancelling orders, which has led to closures and a drop in hours for hundreds of workers. When times are tough, fashion brands use their power to demand lower prices and push factories to closure.
Whether it’s Covid-19 or the cost of living crisis, it is garment workers who are left to pay the price.
We all deserve safe conditions at work, job security and a wage that allows us to lead full lives and take good care of our families.
We call on fashion brands to recognise the vital role Leicester’s workers play to build their profits, and commit to good sustainable jobs in Leicester.

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2,731 signatures

     

Are you a member of a trade union? Do you want to do more? Click here for our solidarity motion we’d love for you to take to your TU branch!

First lesson: do the right thing!  #TESCOBACKTOSCHOOL

First lesson: do the right thing! #TESCOBACKTOSCHOOL

it’s time for tesco to settle with the vk garment workers – tell them now!

 This action involves you using your social media accounts to share one of the below images and tag @tesco to say that they must settle the lawsuit with VK Garment workers and pay them for the years of suffering. 

Instructions: 

  1. Choose a campaign image below, and save it to your phone – you hold on the image and look for Download or Save,  and download it. It’s important to do this as you will need to attach the image to your tweet 🙂
  2. Click on the button to open up a suggested tweet (you need to be logged in to Twitter),
  3. Add the image
  4. Send the tweet!

Not on twitter? Tag on instagram or facebook instead

 

What you need to do:

1. Choose an image from the ones above, then click on it to save or download (this will work differently on different devices – try right clicking on a computer, and click and hold on a phone)

2. Go to instagram or facebook and create a new post, selecting the image you downloaded from the selection above

3. Put this text into your caption:

Play time is over. It’s time for @Tescofood to take responsibility, settle with the VK Garment workers and pay them. They profited from forced labour, now they need to take action. #TescoBackToSchool

4. Then tag the photo with these accounts:

@Tescofood

@labourbehindthelabel

@cleanclothescampaign

 

Finally, have you already sent your letter to Tesco and Intertek’s CEOs? It’s easy to do with our 1-click tool here!

 

Megan Rapinoe, help us get justice for Nike workers!

Megan Rapinoe, help us get justice for Nike workers!

megan rapinoe – help us get justice For nike WORKERS

Adidas workers around the world protesting

We are calling on Megan Rapinoe to use her voice as a social justice activist and a hero to so many women around the world. Help us get justice for Nike workers!

 

IWhen the US women’s football team won the World Cup in 2019 its players were also suing their employer. Fans chanted “equal pay” from the stands of the stadium as the team secured its victory. The team’s primary sponsor, Nike, released an ad celebrating the victory and supporting the players’ demands. Three years later, the women won their fight and are going into the 2023 World Cup on equal terms to men.  

The women of Violet Apparel/Ramatex have been fighting since 2020 to receive the wages and bonuses they were denied after being suddenly sacked at the height of the pandemic. These women also need Nike’s support: they need Nike to pay up or pressure their cash-rich supplier Ramatex to do so.

 

This year’s Women’s FIFA World Cup is a celebration of the achievements of womens’ football. Help us win for garment workers too. 

 

 

“Dear Nike,

We have never met. We only contributed to your wealth.

We really do not understand why Nike, an international company, which always speaks so much about its social responsibility and which makes billions of dollars in profit each year has not taken responsibility for our severance.  ”

Former Violet Apparel workers, Cambodia

Adidas workers around the world protesting

Sign to call on megan rapinoe’s support NOW

 

Boohoo – protect your workers, sign the Pakistan Accord

Boohoo – protect your workers, sign the Pakistan Accord

Tell BOOHOO TO PROTECT THEIR WORKERS AND SIGN THE PAKISTAN ACCORD

This action involves you using your social media accounts to share one of the below images and tag @boohoo to say that they must sign the Pakistan Accord and ensure their workers are safe. 

Instructions: 

  1. Choose a campaign image below, and save it to your phone
  2. Click on the button to open up a suggested tweet (you need to be logged in to Twitter),
  3. Add the image
  4. Send the tweet!

Not on twitter? Tag on instagram or facebook instead

 

What you need to do:

1. Choose an image from the ones above, then click on it to save or download (this will work differently on different devices – try right clicking on a computer, and click and hold on a phone)

2. Go to instagram or facebook and create a new post, selecting the image you downloaded from the selection above

3. Put this text into your caption:

6 months ago the Pakistan accord was set up to ensure the safety of garment workers in Pakistan. But @boohoo are still dragging their feet on signing it. I stand with Pakistan workers – @boohoo protect your workers, #SignTheAccord now!

4. Then tag the photo with these accounts:

@boohoo

@labourbehindthelabel

@cleanclothescampaign