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Report: Brands are Pushing Garment Workers to Breaking Point during the Pandemic

In this report, published July 2021, Clean Clothes Campaign conducted interviews with 49 garment workers in the supply chains of H&M, Nike and Primark in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia. The interviews show that the Coronavirus-induced crisis continues to have a devastating impact on the wages, working conditions, and labour rights of garment workers.

A win for Next workers in Sri Lanka!

After months of fighting for Next to formally recognise the FTZ & GSEU Trade Union within the Next Manufacturing Ltd (NML) factory, workers from the NML factory in Sri Lanka have finally secured victory!

Champion workers’ rights during Pride events

Together with UNISON, we have published a practical toolkit to help groups who organise Pride events to source Pride merchandise, such as rainbow flags or t-shirts responsibly. Together we have the purchasing power to push for real change in the garment industry and to extend the values of Pride, freedom, equality and justice throughout supply chains.

Garment workers’ unions and rights groups support TRIPS waiver

Garment workers’ unions and rights groups support TRIPS waiver

Almost all countries that are huge garment suppliers have a massive shortage of supply of vaccines. It may be years before garment workers become eligible for vaccines. A handful of wealthy governments, including the UK are impeding efforts to expand life-saving healthcare for poor workers, and prolonging the pandemic for many.

We’re hiring: Lived Experience Adviser

We’re hiring: Lived Experience Adviser

Labour Behind the Label is recruiting an adviser with lived experience of working in UK garment factories to ensure that the voice of garment workers remains central our work.

Next, Nike and Amazon:  Pay Your Workers

Next, Nike and Amazon: Pay Your Workers

The 35 million people around the world who sew our clothes make some of the lowest wages in the world. It would cost brands just 10 cents more per t-shirt to make sure garment workers survive the pandemic.

Tell Next to respect garment workers’ rights

Workers at a Next factory in Sri Lanka have unionised! But Next refuses to recognise the union.
In January 2021, following a successful action to win back unpaid bonuses, workers at a factory owned by Next formed a new branch of the FTZ&GSEU trade union. Workers reported intimidation, threats and discrimination, but stood firm and now nearly half the workers are members.

Women working in UK garment factories are four times as likely to die from Covid-19 than women in other occupations

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 working age women is 16.8 per 100,000.

Primark update

Primark update

In November, we launched a campaign calling on...

PRIMARK: Have you paid your workers?

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 of the pandemic!

Boohoo update

Boohoo update

Since last year, we have been campaigning for the...

Report: Out of the Shadows

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.

Leicester Garment Industry

In response to ongoing reports of abusive conditions in the Leicester garment Industry, and the...

COVID-19 Short Term Demands in defense of Garment Workers in Global Supply Chains

COVID-19 Short Term Demands in defense of Garment Workers in Global Supply Chains

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the grossly unequal power relations that define global garment supply chains, with workers paying the price. Today the many organizations behind the world-wide Clean Clothes Campaign network are calling for action from brands and retailers, as well as governments and other stakeholders.

Brands must honour contracts during pandemic

Brands must honour contracts during pandemic

During the fallout from Covid 19, we have seen brands cancel orders, renegotiate price or payment terms or even refuse to pay for goods that have already been received. This is evidence of how global supply chains have been designed to limit big brands’ obligations to their suppliers. 

Report: Who will bail out the workers who make our clothes?

Report: Who will bail out the workers who make our clothes?

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic are colossal in scale and global in scope. The world’s wealthy countries are poised to spend trillions of dollars to shore up the income of their workers and to rescue their corporations. A vital question remains unanswered: who is going to rescue the workers who toil in the global supply chains of many of those corporations?

WIN! A signed copy of Foot Work plus print

WIN! A signed copy of Foot Work plus print

We’re running an awesome competition with Tansy Hoskins and artist Ruby Taylor! A signed copy of Tansy Hoskins’ latest book ‘Foot Work’ could be yours along with a beautiful print from artist Ruby Taylor. 

BOOWHO? It’s time to #GoTransparent

BOOWHO? It’s time to #GoTransparent

boohoo is part of the fast fashion industry which pumps out hundreds of new collections at rock bottom prices. A constant supply of cheap new fashion means that on average, items of clothing are discarded after only five weeks.

Working Hours

Working Hours

Unacceptable working conditions are often accompanied by long...

Free Meng Han

Free Meng Han

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Survivors demand brands pay up

“I felt a shock and the floor gave way. People started running in chaos and the ceiling came down. I kept protecting my head, but I got stuck between the rubble. My hand got stuck and I thought I would die. People around died.” (Shila Begum)