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  • September 21, 2023

    Global Sportswear brands are leaving Cambodian garment workers to languish beneath the poverty line, according to a new report

    While the price of sneakers has been going up, the wages of the Cambodian workers making them has been going down leaving them languishing well beneath the poverty line, according to new research released today from global women’s rights organisation, ActionAid and Cambodian labour rights organisation, the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL).

  • September 11, 2023

    Nike under fire over the sportswear giant’s three-year refusal to pay its garment workers

    Nike is facing growing pressure in anticipation of its online AGM on 12 September over its steadfast refusal to pay more than 4000 garment workers $2.2 million in unpaid wages and benefits since 2020. Unprecedented concerns are mounting from Nike investors, human rights groups, unions, and consumers that Nike has become a corporate outlier on human rights issues, once again achieving notoriety for failing to ensure that women workers in their supply chain are given their basic rights, despite the company’s own stated commitments and code of conduct.

  • September 11, 2023

    Solidarity statement on the anniversary of the Ali Enterprises fire

    Eleven years ago, on this day, over 250 workers were killed in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan. Clean Clothes Campaign expresses its solidarity with the families whose loved ones were killed and the workers who were seriously injured as a result of that horrific incident on 11 September 2012.

  • September 4, 2023

    Activists urge Bangladesh garment industry to take action after murder of trade unionist

    Today, Clean Clothes Campaign activists protested in Amsterdam at a promotional exposition of the Bangladesh garment industry to urge the government of Bangladesh, the employers’ association, and all brands sourcing from Bangladesh to take immediate action in the wake of the recent murder of trade unionist Shahidul Islam. Activists held up banners outside and spoke up in the conference room to demand justice for Islam’s family, safeguards for the right to organise, and a new minimum wage in line with workers’ demands.

  • August 3, 2023

    Statement on the crisis faced by garment workers in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s garment workers have been bearing the brunt of the financial and political crisis that has haunted the country for over 1.5 years, with high inflation and currency devaluation pushing workers into poverty while the government and employers repress their right to organise. With the government now rushing through procedurally unsound changes to labour laws, and domestic debt restructuring measures targeting workers’ social security funds, garment workers in Sri Lanka will be deprived of even more basic rights and protections against precarity.

  • July 20, 2023

    Leading rights groups call on Nike to push its supplier Ramatex to remediate supply chain abuses in Cambodia

    58 leading labour and human rights groups are demanding sportswear giant Nike end its standoff with Thai and Cambodian garment workers to finally fulfill its human rights commitments and pay its supply chain workers the $2.2 million in unpaid wages and benefits they have been waiting for since 2020. The workers of the Violet Apparel factory, owned by Nike’s primary manufacturing partner, the multi-million dollar conglomerate Ramatex Group, were denied $1.4 million in legal benefits since the Violet Apparel factory closed in 2020.

  • July 17, 2023

    Clean Clothes Campaign supports Bangladeshi unions in their 23,000Tk minimum wage hike demand

    For the first time in five years, the Bangladeshi government has formed a Wage Board to revise the minimum wage for the country’s RMG sector which employs roughly 4 million workers. The current minimum wage of 8,000 taka (roughly 74 USD) was already insufficient for a decent living when it came into force in 2019. Since then, workers had to endure the additional pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent high inflation without seeing their wages increase at all.

  • July 13, 2023

    Six months in, major brands are still missing from Pakistan Safety Accord

    Workers in Pakistan are made to wait for significant safety improvements. Sunday, July 16th marks six months since the launch of the Pakistan Safety Accord sign-on process, yet, while many competitors joined already, major apparel and textile brands and retailers sourcing from Pakistan are slow to commit to this life-saving agreement.

  • June 27, 2023

    Solidarity Statement: CCC Condemns the Killing of Union Organiser

    Clean Clothes Campaign learned of the horrific news of the brutal murder of Shahidul Islam, a union leader who was beaten to death on June 25th for his labour rights activism in Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh.

  • June 24, 2023

    Long live international solidarity: the workers of Falc East have won their first fight

    After two weeks of strike, an agreement was reached on Friday 16 June that meets the workers' demands. A new phase of industrial relations begins, and the Clean Clothes Campaign network will continue to monitor the case and support the workers.

  • June 6, 2023

    CCC organisations support wage struggle of Falc East workers in Knjaževac

    Organisations within the Clean Clothes Campaign network have signed the following open letter in solidarity with the striking workers at the Falc East factory in Serbia.

  • June 1, 2023

    European Parliament brings us one step closer to corporate accountability but key improvements are still needed

    Clean Clothes Campaign, welcomes the European Parliament’s report on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) approved today with a broad cross-political majority. This vote marks an important step towards due diligence obligations for companies and corporate accountability.

  • May 30, 2023

    Open union letter to adidas CEO about the sale of the Yeezy shoes

    In response to adidas' announcement on May 19th, 2023 to start selling its stock of Yeezy shoes starting tomorrow, May 31st, the unions united in the Pay Your Workers - Respect Labour Rights union committee have written an open letter to adidas' CEO Bjørn Gulden welcoming the decision to use parts of the profits for good, but also urging him to dedicate another part of the profits to compensating workers for lost wages and severance.

  • May 15, 2023

    Ten years after groundbreaking factory safety pact signed, major fashion brands still refuse to join

    Ten years ago today, apparel companies, forced into action by the Rana Plaza factory collapse, finally signed a binding agreement with local and global union federations, and civil society organizations as witnesses to protect Bangladeshi garment workers. Now the third iteration of the programme is supported by almost 200 brands and the life-saving work is expanding to Pakistan. Yet there are still brands who will not support factory safety with the proven industry's best standard.

  • May 11, 2023

    Activists call on adidas investors to protect workers’ rights at AGM

    Today (May 11th), as adidas holds their annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders, activists are uniting globally to call on the sportswear giant to go beyond corporate posturing and take real steps to protect workers’ rights by signing the legally-binding Pay Your Workers Agreement.

  • April 24, 2023

    Ten years since Rana Plaza: we remember and continue the struggle

    On this day ten years ago, the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed several shops, a bank and five garment factories, collapsed. At least 1,138 people were killed and thousands more suffered often life-changing injuries.On this day, our thoughts are with all those who mourn loved ones lost in the collapse and all those who lived through this man-made tragedy, made all the more devastating because it could and should have been avoided. 

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