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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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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

 

 

Tesco: Pay VK Garment Workers!

Tesco: Pay VK Garment Workers!

tesco: pay vk garment workers

Adidas workers around the world protesting

For over 3 years, migrant workers who produced F&F jeans for Tesco in Thailand were trapped in forced labour conditions, working 99-hour weeks for illegally low pay. Abuse and exploitation was their daily experience while rushing to deliver Tesco’s orders.

Now, 130 VK Garment workers are taking Tesco and social auditors Intertek to court for alleged negligence and unjust enrichment. Tesco made £2.2 billion in profits in 2020, and yet refuses to pay its former workers for the injustice they endured in delivering those profits.

This lawsuit has huge potential but may take years. Take urgent action and call on Tesco to take responsibility for their wrongdoing now and pay the VK Garment workers! 

“‘What do you mean, day off or holiday? This factory never closes on festival holidays. We have one day off a month when they pay our wages.””

Hla Hla Tay, 54, former VK Garment worker

We are calling on Tesco and Intertek to urgently settle the lawsuit and pay their workers for the years of profiteering on the back of forced labour.

 

SIGN AND SHARE TO DEMAND TESCO AND INTERTEK PAY THE VK GARMENT WORKERS

Dear Ken Murphy (Tesco CEO) and Andre Lacroix (Intertek CEO),

In 2020 Tesco made £2.2 billion in profit. In the same year, 130 VK Garment workers were fired, after years of making F&F jeans for Tesco in Thailand under horrible conditions.

Their labour contributed to your financial success while they were made to work 99-hour weeks and paid illegally low wages. Social auditors for Intertek failed to fulfil their core obligation and report these abusive practices, and Tesco refused to acknowledge responsibility for their supply chain workers.

As a Tesco customer, I fully support the 130 VK Garment workers. I call on you both to do the right thing and settle the case as soon as possible. These workers deserve justice.

Yours sincerely,

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1,471 signatures

     

Adidas – support women in your supply chain

Adidas – support women in your supply chain

Tell ADIDAS TO ACTUALLY SUPPORT WOMEN TODAY

This action involves you using your social media accounts to share one of the below images and tag @adidas to say that they must do more to support women workers’ rights and ensure they are paid. 

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:

Adidas use slick marketing campaigns to sell clothes and convince consumers that they support women. The truth is workers around the world in @adidas suppliers testify that wages are not enough to support their families and live with dignity. This #IWD I stand with their workers.

I’m calling on @adidas to change, actually support women rather than just say they do, and sign an agreement with unions to commit to wages, severance pay and the freedom to organise for women in their factories.

4. Then tag the photo with these accounts:
@adidasUK
@adidaswomen
@adidas