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Labour Behind the Label

Pay Your Workers, Respect Labour Rights

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Mar 21

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It would take just ten cents per t-shirt for brands to make sure garment workers survive the pandemic.

 

The 35 million people around the world who sew our clothes make some of the lowest wages in the world.

10% of the apparel workforce may have already been laid off since the start of the pandemic. Millions more are at risk of being fired and have not received their full wages for months. The vast majority of these workers are women, in jobs with no respect for their labour rights, leading to a massive imbalance of power in the industry. Many report skipping meals, borrowing money to buy food, and struggling to afford vegetables or meat for their families as the pandemic’s economic crisis rages on.

Next, Nike and Amazon: It's time to pay your workers

Tell brands: It’s time to #RespectLabourRights and #PayYourWorkers

 

Brands and retailers must respect labour rights and pay their workers. We are calling on brands and retailers to:

  • Pay the workers who make their clothes their full wages for the duration of the pandemic;

  • Make sure workers are never again left penniless if their factory goes bankrupt, by signing onto a negotiated severance guarantee fund; and

  • Protect workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.

Signed the petition and want to do more?

 

1. Write to Next

Writing a letter to your local store manager will let them know that you care. We have provided a template and some guidelines but don’t be afraid to personalise it!

Don’t forget to share a photograph of your letter on social media, tagging @Nextofficial and using the hashtag #PayYourWorkers. 

2. Join the phone action

Phone the Next call centre on the 17th March and try to enlist workers as allies and advocates of the #PayYourWorkers campaign. We have provided some talking points and guidelines here. 

Let us know how you get on!

3. Take to social media

Take to social media and let @Nextofficial know that you want them to commit to paying the workers in their supply chain, using the hashtag #PayYourWorkers.

Get creative and post a selfie of yourself holding a protest sign, or write a poem. Let’s get the pressure on Next to pay their workers. 

 

Millions of garment workers worldwide are losing their jobs without compensation, or receiving much less than their regular poverty wages. Most of these workers are women. Hunger forces those who still have jobs to put their lives at risk in unsafe workplaces.

With #PayYourWorkers, we demand that Nike, Amazon and Next and other apparel brands and retailers:

• Pay the workers who make their clothes their full wages for the duration of the pandemic;

• Make sure workers are never again left penniless if their factory goes bankrupt, by signing onto a negotiated severance guarantee fund; and

• Protect workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.