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Adidas: Stop stealing from workers

Adidas: Stop stealing from workers

GIVE ADIDAS THE RED CARD FOR WAGE THEFT

Adidas workers around the world protesting

We are giving adidas the red card for wage theft. Adidas is one of the worlds most profitable sports brands, yet workers making their clothes are systematically subjected to wage theft and union busting. 

In eight adidas supplier factories in Cambodia alone, adidas owe their workers US$ 11.7 million in wages for just the first 14 months of the pandemic. In May 2022, 5600 workers at another adidas supplier in Cambodia went on strike over unpaid wages – the factory responded by having union leaders arrested. This wage and severance theft stretches far beyond Cambodia across adidas’ global supply chain. 

We are calling on adidas to come to the negotiation table with unions, and commit to a binding agreement on wages, severance and labour rights. 

“We had no choice but to first sell our land to repay the bank. We are no longer able to financially support our parents. We used to spend money on food, for a husband and wife to eat three meals it costs around $5 a day. We have had to cut our spending to just $3 a day.”

Workers from former Adidas supplier, Hulu Garment in Cambodia

It is critical that adidas takes action now. Please stand with workers and give adidas the red card for wage theft.

Adidas workers around the world protesting

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Missguided: Pay your workers first

Missguided: Pay your workers first

Demand Missguided pay workers first

The online fast fashion brand Missguided currently owes millions of pounds in unpaid bills to suppliers around the world. This is impacting on workers, many of whom are owed thousands of pounds in wages and payments. Missguided must put its workers first and make sure its debts are paid to those who can’t afford to take on the cost of its business difficulties.

What is happening at Missguided?

After experiencing rapid growth during the pandemic when online shopping hit an all-time high, Missguided has reportedly entered a period of financial difficulty. The brand is failing to pay its suppliers, which is having a devastating impact on workers.

Many suppliers making Missguided clothes report that Missguided has demanded extensive discounting of up to 30% on existing orders, leaving suppliers to foot the bill. Overseas suppliers report not having been paid at all for months – some since January – without any notification. Payments to UK suppliers halted in May. Some suppliers report that Misguided has been placing new orders, despite knowing that they won’t, or can’t pay. 

In December 2021, Alteri Investors stepped in to restructure the business, and then payments started to falter. Now staff are quitting the head office. No word has come from Missguided about how they will fix this problem. This is having a big impact on workers, hundreds of whom have not received their wages and many whom have been laid off with no notice.

“We believe that all workers in our supply chain should be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect…”

Missguided website

Whatever comes next for Missguided they must make sure that workers who have already made their clothes are at the top of the list of those who need to be paid. Join us in calling on Alteri Investments, and the chair of Missguided, Ian Gray, to treat suppliers and workers with the fairness and respect they deserve.

SIGN AND SHARE NOW TO CALL ON MISSGUIDED TO PAY UP FOR ITS ORDERS

FAO Alteri Investments and Missguided chair Ian Gray

Dear Charles Edwards, Gavin George and Ian Gray,

As chair and investors of Missguided, I'm getting in touch to highlight the non-payment of suppliers in Missguided's supply chain and to call on you to put workers first when making decisions about the future of the Missguided company.

Following extensive discounting with suppliers, and now the halt on all payments, many of your suppliers globally and in the UK are facing serious financial difficulty. In turn, workers who made Missguided clothing have not been paid wages and many have been let go with no certainty of their future employment, according to Labour Behind the Label.

I'm calling on Missguided to resume payments to suppliers and ensure that workers who made its clothes are being paid. If Missguided does indeed find new investment, will you make sure that workers and suppliers receive the money they are owed and are properly compensated? Given that the Missguided brand purports to stand for fairness, dignity and respect, I'm calling on you to make sure the people at the bottom of your supply chain aren't the ones left to bear the cost of the business restructuring.

Please let me know what you plan to do about this issue.

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Demand Amazon pay Hulu Garment workers

Demand Amazon pay Hulu Garment workers

Demand Amazon Pay Hulu Garment workers 

At the peak of the pandemic, 1020 workers from Amazon supplier Hulu Garment in Cambodia were denied $3.6 million in legally-owed severance after their factory shut its doors without notice. 2 years on these women are still waiting for justice. Amazon must act.

Scammed from their rights

Hulu Garment suspended its entire workforce of 1,020 workers at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 when everything stopped. After months of waiting, workers were called to come in and sign a document with a thumbprint in order to receive their final wages. Workers signed, without realising that a sentence was hidden underneath their final payslip that was paper-clipped to the top of the document, saying that they were voluntarily resigning from their roles. Through this trick, Hulu Garment withheld $3.6 million in severance pay owed to the workers. Workers were effectively fired then robbed.

“I have two children and elderly parents depending on me. I had to reduce my daily expenses by 50% and pull my children out of school.”

Yi Sokunthea, who had worked at Hulu Garment for 15 years, lost her job when the factory closed and is still waiting for her legally-owed pay out.

Many of these workers have families that depend on them. Brands at the top of supply chains have a duty to act. It is not okay that the most vulnerable in supply chains should have to pay the cost. 2 years on workers are still seeking justice. It is critical that Amazon takes action.

SIGN AND SHARE NOW TO CALL ON AMAZON TO PAY CAMBODIAN WORKERS

FAO Laura Rundlet, Amazon Sustainability

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IKEA – make your factories safe

IKEA – make your factories safe

Tell IKEA to make its factories safe

This action involves you using your social media accounts to share one of the below images and tag IKEA to say that they must make their factories 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 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 and create a new post, selecting the image you downloaded as your image

3. Put this text into your caption:

IKEA’s shops promise us the wonderful everyday, but how wonderful is the everyday at the factory floor in IKEA’s suppliers of home textile? While brands around the world have signed a new binding agreement to make factories safe for the workers making their textiles, IKEA says it thinks it can do better on its own – without anyone looking over its shoulder. Tell @IKEA that the everyday isn’t wonderful without safety, IKEA should ensure safety everyday! #SignTheAccord

4. Then tag the photo with these accounts:
@ikea
@ikeauk
@ikea_uk_pr_team

 

Matalan – stop stealing from families

Matalan – stop stealing from families

Matalan STOP stealing from families

During the pandemic, over 1000 women who made clothes for Matalan were fired, and then robbed of their legally owed bonuses and unpaid wages. Matalan workers’ families have been waiting for a year and a half to be paid what they are owed.

1,200 clothing factory workers in Cambodia lost their jobs in July 2020 when the Violet Apparel factory, owned by parent company Ramatex, suddenly closed.

In response, the workers demanded compensation, as well as their legally owed bonuses and unpaid wages. 

Matalan was one of Violet Apparel’s biggest buyers. They have continued to profit throughout the pandemic, yet are failing to taking responsibility for paying the workers who make their clothes. Their families are paying the cost. Matalan must stop stealing from families and ensure workers receive the money they are owed.

“When I heard that Violet closed, I felt like I lost everything I ever thought possible. It’s hard to get money for my child’s schooling or to pay the bank, or for medical treatment when my family is sick.”

Ung Chanthoeun, union leader at Violet Apparel

It is critical that Matalan takes action. Please do stand with the workers today and call on Matalan to fix their supply chain.

Sign and share now to call on Matalan to pay families what they are owed