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Wages not warrants

Wages not warrants

Activists took to the streets to protest the brutal crackdown on workers’ rights unfolding in Bangladesh in response to protests to increase the minimum wage.

Visa regime driving exploitation: long read

Visa regime driving exploitation: long read

The story of migrant workers facing ‘superexploitation’, who arrive in the UK on student or care work visas with the promise of employment, yet find themselves trapped in garment industry jobs with no rights.

For each and every mum, Tesco?

For each and every mum, Tesco?

VK Garment worker Tesco mums speak out: “Since being fired, I’ve become destitute, struggling to house and feed my family. I have a two year old boy. He’s my world.” Take action today.

Garment workers deserve good jobs in Leicester

Garment workers deserve good jobs in Leicester

Leicester’s garment sector is in crisis, as brands force through discounts, make last-minute cancellations and impose financial penalties. Act now to support Leicester garment workers!

Paid NEXT to nothing

Paid NEXT to nothing

Wai Full garments in Cambodia was forced to close in the pandemic without paying workers full wages and severance. Over $500,000 is owed to workers. Brands must step in.

No Pride in Forced Labour

No Pride in Forced Labour

More than 130 migrant workers in Thailand are taking Tesco and social auditors Intertek to court – find out how we’ve been supporting them!

Tesco: Pay VK Garment Workers!

Tesco: Pay VK Garment Workers!

Tesco and its social auditors Intertek benefited from the exploitation of workers. Now they’re being taken to court. Tell Tesco to settle the case and pay the workers!

Queer Labour Behind the Label zine online launch

Queer Labour Behind the Label zine online launch

Today we mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IADHOBIT) with the online launch of our zine – Queer Labour Behind the Label: a collection of stories from LGBTQI+ garment workers from Cambodia and Indonesia.

Solidarity with Sri Lanka unions fighting repression

Solidarity with Sri Lanka unions fighting repression

Labour Behind the Label supports the unions, who condemn the government’s disregard for the voice of trade unions and demand the Labour Ministry calls for an immediate meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council.

Adidas: Stop stealing from workers

Adidas: Stop stealing from workers

Sign a petition today to tell adidas to stop stealing from its workers. Adidas is one of the worlds most profitable sports brands, yet workers making their clothes are systematically subjected to wage theft and union busting.

Adidas: End wage-theft and pay your workers

Adidas: End wage-theft and pay your workers

Wage-theft is rife in Adidas’ supply chain. Pressure is mounting as activists across the world are calling on Adidas to sign a negotiated binding agreement on wages and severance.

Emergency relief needed for Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Emergency relief needed for Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Trade unions and worker rights organizations, including the Clean Clothes Campaign, Labour behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, War on Want and Workers United have written a letter expressing their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.

Neo Trend workers from NEXT supplier left with nothing

Neo Trend workers from NEXT supplier left with nothing

NEXT supplier Neo Trend in Turkey closed down in the middle of the pandemic and the factory owner fled the country, leaving workers with nothing. The 104 workers who were employed there are calling for justice.

Action Update: Volume 32

Action Update: Volume 32

Find out what Labour Behind the Label have been up to in our bi-annual Action Update. It’s now...

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

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.

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 to commit to ensuring that all the 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 online fast fashion brand Boohoo to clean up its...

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.

Action Update: Number 28

Action Update: Number 28

Find our what Labour Behind the Label have been up to in our bi-annual Action Update. In this...