2020

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  • June 3, 2020

    Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • June 1, 2020

    Garment workers need apparel companies’ assurance that they will be paid during this crisis

    Garment workers are among those most economically vulnerable in the COVID-19 crisis, due to structural inequalities in global garment supply chains. A call launched today by labour rights organisations and trade unions, urges apparel companies to guarantee that all workers in their supply chain will receive their legally mandated or regular wages and benefits, whichever is higher.

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  • May 18, 2020

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

    The Clean Clothes Campaign global network has come up with a set of demands upon brands, retailers, e-tailers, and governments to mitigate the effects of the crisis on global garment supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to create more resilient systems that work for workers in the future.

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  • May 6, 2020

    The devastation of COVID-19 on UNIQLO's former garment workers

    During the current COVID-19 crisis, those who are the most vulnerable must be tended to first, and multi-national clothing brands should not be allowed to ignore their responsibilities. Uniqlo must take urgent action to help the 2,000 workers of Jaba Garmindo who have no income and whose only hope is retrieving the $5.5 million they are legally-owed in severance pay.

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  • April 30, 2020

    April 2020: Coronavirus and garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • April 29, 2020

    NGO’s disappointment as German NCP close Adidas labour violations case

    Case highlights the vulnerability of workers in subcontracted factories. NCP failure to clarify relationship between brand, main supplier and subcontractor leaves way open for brands to deny responsibility for workers in their supply chain, and a lack of transparency in adidas’ due diligence processes leaves Freedom of association violations unchallenged.

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  • April 24, 2020

    Remembering the Rana Plaza workers by continuing the fight for workers’ rights during the pandemic

    Seven years ago today at least 1,134 workers died in the garment industry’s deadliest factory incident in history. Today, we remember the workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse, sending our thoughts to those affected by this tragedy. While we commemorate this crisis, workers’ lives are again at risk.

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  • April 24, 2020

    German brands' practices force European garment factories to risk workers' lives amidst a pandemic

    A shocking investigation from Clean Clothes Campaign and Germany based Bread for the World reveals that around 120,000 labourers across Europe are being forced to work in high risk environments in spite of workplace closures globally.

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  • April 23, 2020

    Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws – 65 civil society groups publish joint vision

    We urge the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, governments of EU Member States in the Council and other stakeholders to work towards such a strategy.

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  • April 22, 2020

    COVID-19: A global approach to protecting garment workers in supply chains

    Apparel companies around the world responded to the Covid-19 crisis with an immediate resort to the risk-mitigating measures built into global supply chains. Their mass cancellation of orders has left factories around the world without cash to pay their workers.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Former Uniqlo garment workers vulnerable due to COVID-19 restrictions on fifth anniversary of factory closure

    Five years after factory bankruptcy, 2,000 workers are still campaigning for $5.5 million legally-owed in severance pay. Many relied on informal work and are now facing unprecedented hardship due to COVID-19 restrictions. Uniqlo has failed in its responsibility to address and remedy adverse human rights impacts of its business practices.

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  • April 15, 2020

    Forced labour and debt-trap: migrant workers in Japan face substantial risks during coronavirus outbreak

    Report on migrant garment workers in Japan’s state-supported Technical Internship Training Program (TITP) are subjected to widespread labour violations including poverty pay, debt bondage, enforced overtime, and inadequate and crowded living and working conditions. Fears grow for their safety during Coronavirus outbreak.

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  • April 9, 2020

    Brands and retailers need to step up now to protect garment workers

    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 -- that aims to mitigate the impact of this crisis on those already most exploited in supply chains and to build towards a future in which workers have access to living wages and a social safety net.

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  • April 3, 2020

    COVID-19 continues to ravage the health and livelihoods of garment workers

    The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and spread. Half of the world’s population is under some form of lock-down or movement restriction in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Garment workers in global supply chains, who already grapple with poverty wages and precarious living situations, face increasing insecurity as factories close in response to steep drops in orders and as governments shut down manufacturing to protect public health.

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  • March 31, 2020

    March 2020: Coronavirus and garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • March 17, 2020

    Brands must urgently take steps to minimise impact of the coronavirus on garment workers’ health and livelihoods

    The new coronavirus has reached global pandemic levels and is affecting people across the world, including garment workers in global supply chains. Protecting those most at risk means both taking steps to limit exposure and ensuring that people surviving on the poverty line are not pushed below it.

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  • March 6, 2020

    Uniqlo and the women owed $5.5 million

    In the fashion game, brands always win and garment workers always lose. It’s a stacked deck, the winning hands held by those with the money. In the quest for ever-greater profits, garment workers are often treated as yet another commodity, to be swapped at will, as brands act with impunity and watch their profits rise.

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  • March 4, 2020

    Campaigners call on Uniqlo to resolve wage theft case for International Women’s Day

    Campaigners from the Clean Clothes Campaign and Labour Behind the Label will be marking International Women’s Day 2020 by holding a demonstration on Saturday 7th March outside Uniqlo’s flagship London store in solidarity with 2,000 garment workers from the former Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia.

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  • February 24, 2020

    Joint civil society response to European Commission study into supply chain due diligence

    Nine civil society organisations and networks strongly welcome the release of the findings from the European Commission’s study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain.

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  • February 17, 2020

    Deadly Indian factory fire again shows need for preventive safety measures and justice for workers

    A fire in the two-story Nandan Denim factory in the Indian city of Ahmedabad a week ago on Saturday night killed at least seven workers. According to media reports, the high death toll was caused by severe safety defects in the factory. This fire thereby painfully shows the need for concerted preventive safety measures throughout India’s garment industry.

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  • February 10, 2020

    UK garment brand River Island signs on to the Transparency Pledge

    The first out of five brands targeted in a new campaign push led by Clean Clothes Campaign and Human Rights Watch to publish their supplier list has signed the Transparency Pledge last week. UK garment brand River Island is committing to disclose their supply chain information according to the minimum standards laid down in the Transparency Pledge by end of March 2020. It is now time for the other four targets of the campaign, American Eagle Outfitter, Armani, Carrefour and Urban Outfitters, to take the same step.

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  • February 5, 2020

    Reality check for the Bangladesh garment industry: what needs to be addressed?

    Employers, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and academics will be discussing the Bangladesh apparel industry in the European Parliament today. All stakeholders in the industry will have a chance to speak, except for the workers who form the backbone of the industry. Requests to have a worker representative as one of the speakers on today’s panel have been turned down. Clean Clothes Campaign believes a reality check on the situation of the garment industry in Bangladesh is direly needed, and would like to highlight issues that might be left out in absence of worker voices.

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  • January 13, 2020

    A year after crackdown on wage protests in Bangladesh, hundreds of workers still face retaliatory charges

    A year ago, tens of thousands of workers in Bangladesh went on strike against the poverty wages that are pervasive in the country’s export-oriented garment industry. On 13 January 2019, a minimal wage revision was announced that, together with massive repression, led workers to end the demonstrations that had been going on since December. Thousands of workers were unable to go back to work, however, facing punishment for their peaceful protest through politically-motivated dismissals, blacklisting, and criminal charges. Public pressure has in the past weeks and months led to withdrawal of at least eight criminal cases. Nevertheless, one year on, hundreds of workers continue to face the threat of serving time in prison for trumped-up and retaliatory charges.

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