2021

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  • October 25, 2021

    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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  • October 4, 2021

    Who's your feminism for?

    Join us for an online event exploring gender in the garment industry.

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  • October 1, 2021

    September 2021 Covid blog

    This blog aims to collect 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. The blog is updated three times a week.

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  • September 28, 2021

    Webinar: Labour rights abuses in Myanmar since the military coup - a focus on the garment sector

    Join our webinar on 13th October as we bring together experts on Myanmar, labour rights and the garment industry to reflect on ways brands and the international community can support labour and human rights.

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  • September 22, 2021

    Call for the EU to suspend preferential EBA trade tariffs from Myanmar

    CCC's stance on the ongoing situation in Myanmar.

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  • September 21, 2021

    Call to release Daw Myo Aye on humanitarian grounds

    Union leader Daw Myo Aye's health deteriorates in Myanmar prison.

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  • September 15, 2021

    Webinar: the European Union's role in ending gender based violence

    In the global textile production industry, more than 80% of workers are women, and 75% of them regularly experience gender-based violence in the factories. The Clean Clothes Campaign is organising a webinar on September 30th to discuss concrete legislation measures to improve life and working conditions for female garment workers worldwide.

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  • September 13, 2021

    CSOs and labour unions call for the EU to confront systemic flaws of private social auditing and glaring accountability gaps

    Evoking collective memory of the fire that caused over 250 preventable deaths nine years ago, 15 human and labour rights organisations are jointly urging EU policymakers to address the systemic issues related to the role of social auditing in that disaster as well as in many others.

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  • September 9, 2021

    On eve of deadly factory fire anniversary, Pakistani labour activists urge action for worker safety

    On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the Ali Enterprises factory fire in Karachi, labour leaders in Pakistan call upon apparel and textile brands to ensure that factories in their country are made safe. With the start of the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry last week, there is now a concrete avenue to address factory safety in the country. Labour leaders stress the urgency of swiftly expanding the Accord programme to Pakistan.

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  • September 6, 2021

    Announcement: 9th anniversary of Ali Enterprises factory fire: the new International Accord and Pakistan

    Clean Clothes Campaign is inviting journalists to a media briefing on 9 September, ahead of the ninth anniversary of the deadly Ali Enterprises factory fire, which killed over 250 workers in Pakistan. The briefing will focus on the opportunity to expand upon the safety work of the Accord to bring life-saving changes to workplace safety in Pakistan in light of the newly concluded International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry, and the failure of private social auditing systems.

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  • September 1, 2021

    August 2021 Covid blog

    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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  • September 1, 2021

    Major apparel brands sign new safety Accord, others turn their backs on workers

    Today, the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, signed by 77 international apparel brands, takes effect as the successor agreement to the Bangladesh Accord. Clean Clothes Campaign urges all apparel and textile brands that have not yet signed the new Accord to do so immediately, to ensure the work in Bangladesh can continue and work in other countries can start.

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  • August 30, 2021

    Over 50 organisations call on brands, governments and employers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to keep workers safe

    Garment workers' lives are put at risk by exempting workers from lockdown measures and making them work at full capacity in garment factories to meet orders of brands headquartered in countries with high vaccination rates. Currently we see this unfolding in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh during the wave of the delta variant. Over 50 organisations from around the world are urging brands, governments, and employers to take immediate action.

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  • August 24, 2021

    NGO signatories to Bangladesh Accord welcome new binding worker safety agreement

    Today, apparel brands and labour unions announced agreement on a new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, thereby preserving, extending, and expanding the model pioneered by the Bangladesh Accord for protecting worker safety. The non-governmental organization signatories (known as witness signatories) to the Bangladesh Accord – Clean Clothes Campaign, Worker Rights Consortium, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum – issued the following statement:

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  • August 19, 2021

    Bangladesh Accord expiration poses liability risk to apparel brands

    An analysis of existing and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation in relation to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, published today, shows that apparel brands will expose themselves to considerable liability risks if they fail to negotiate and sign a follow up agreement to this ground-breaking safety programme, which will expire in two weeks’ time.

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  • August 4, 2021

    Major apparel brands let garment workers’ lives hang in the balance

    Today, Clean Clothes Campaign launches a public tracker showing which garment brands are advocates of a new strong binding agreement on factory safety and which major brands are an obstacle to progress in the field of worker safety. The tracker calls out major companies such as H&M and Bestseller (Vero Moda, Jack & Jones) for not using their considerable power to ensure that advances on supply chain factory safety are maintained.

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  • August 1, 2021

    July 2021 Covid blog

    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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  • July 29, 2021

    Open letter to European Commissioners: Kalpona Akter calls for strong protections against violations and access to justice for victims

    Bangladeshi human rights defender Kalpona Akter wrote an open letter to European Commissioners Didier Reynders and Thierry Breton who are jointly working on a legislative proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance.

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  • July 20, 2021

    Fair Labor Association recommends Uniqlo and s.Oliver provide financial relief to former Jaba Garmindo workers

    We call for the immediate implementation of Fair Labor Association's (FLA) recommendation with the launch of a new documentary, How to Steal Your Workers' Future, an intimate and powerful portrayal of the long-term devastation that severance theft causes for garment workers and their families.

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  • July 19, 2021

    Workers owed $11.85 billion after fashion brands' inaction

    The crisis is far from over for garment workers who are owed 11.85 billion USD in unpaid income and severance, whilst labour rights violations flourish, according to new research by Clean Clothes Campaign.

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  • July 16, 2021

    Open letter to Accord signatory brands in response to recent factory fire

    On 11 July 2021, witness signatories Worker Rights Consortium and Clean Clothes Campaign sent the following letter to signatory brands to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh in response to a major fire in a juice factory in Bangladesh on 8 July 2021.

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  • July 14, 2021

    Fashion brands fail to address pandemic-era wage theft in Cambodia

    Cambodian garment workers producing goodsfor international fashion and sportswear brands, such as Adidas, VF, Target, Nike, and Gap, were deprived of an estimated US$ 109 million in wages during the April and May 2021 national lockdown, according to calculations by Cambodian trade unions and Clean Clothes Campaign. Unions and activists call on international brands to pay workers’ full wages throughout the duration of the pandemic and sign an enforceable agreement to prevent future pay theft.  

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  • July 13, 2021

    Zara must not walk away from safety agreement while workers remain at risk sewing its clothes

    A new brief, published by labour rights groups ahead of Inditex’s shareholder meeting of 13 July, shows that the company urgently needs to sign a new binding agreement on factory safety in Bangladesh before the current programme runs out on 31 August 2021. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the most successful safety programme in the contemporary history of apparel supply chains, has enabled great progress, but Inditex must not ignore the deadly hazards that remain.

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  • July 2, 2021

    H&M, Nike and Primark use pandemic to squeeze factory workers in production countries even more

    In a hard-hitting new research report, Clean Clothes Campaign finds that H&M, Nike and Primark have driven factory workers in their supply chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia into desperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews conducted with 49 garment workers in these countries demonstrate that the Coronavirus-induced crisis continues to have a devastating impact on the wages, working conditions, and labour rights of garment workers.

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  • July 1, 2021

    June 2021 Covid Blog

    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 24, 2021

    Sri Lankan garment workers need brands, factory owners and government to take responsibility for their plight

    The current wave of Covid-19 infections in South Asia has devastating consequences for workers in Sri Lanka, negatively affecting their health, livelihood, and right to unionise. Unions and labour rights organisations call upon major brands sourcing from Sri Lanka to take responsibility for the workers in the supply chain.

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  • June 22, 2021

    Working conditions for Turkey's textile workers worsen under the pandemic

    From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey conducted research to identify conditions workers are facing in the textile industry. The study found workers experienced several risk and violations that emerged with COVID-19, such as: unpaid leave, short-time working allowance, and compulsory use of annual leaves. There were also issues regarding health and safety measures, and whether distancing, the use of masks, and hygiene rules were followed.

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  • June 17, 2021

    A union rights win for Next workers in Sri Lanka!

    After months of fighting for Next to formally recognise the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Unions branch union within the Next Manufacturing Ltd (NML) factory, workers from the NML factory in Sri Lanka have finally secured victory. We celebrate with all the workers who have fought for their right to join a union and refused to give up in face of a reluctant management.

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  • June 11, 2021

    German Supply Chain law: step in the right direction, yet still failing workers affected by violations

    We welcome the introduction of human rights due diligence as an obligation through the new supply chain law that was passed today in Germany. However, the law also has some serious shortcomings. We are calling for the upcoming EU level legislation to introduce comprehensive due diligence obligations and ensure access to justice for the victims, including through civil procedure.

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  • May 31, 2021

    Bangladesh Accord : three months respite but the struggle is not over

    Global unions and negotiating signatory companies have announced that they agreed upon a three month extension of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to allow for more time to conclude negotiations on a new binding safety agreement. Without such an agreement, apparel brands’ and factories’ efforts towards factory safety would cease to be legally binding and would lack union participation, thus reducing the task to make factories safer to an exercise in self-monitoring.

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  • May 31, 2021

    May 2021 Covid blog

    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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  • May 26, 2021

    Amazon workers across the world launch action to Make Amazon Pay All Its Workers

    On Wednesday, 26 May 2021, as Amazon holds its annual shareholder meeting, workers and trade unions across the world will take part in a global day of action in solidarity with workers in Amazon’s supply chain in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

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  • May 18, 2021

    Brands and governments must step up in face of India’s Covid crisis

    In the face of the current wave of Covid-19 infections hitting garment producing countries in South Asia, the organisations of the Clean Clothes Campaign network are calling upon apparel companies to take action to mitigate the pandemic’s devastating effect on workers. Furthermore, they urge governments to do all in their power to keep workers safe.

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  • May 17, 2021

    Garment workers' unions and rights groups support TRIPS waiver

    The global supply chains of international brands and retailers are spread across low-and-middle-income countries including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Central America and Mexico, and employs at least an estimated 35 million workers. Since the onset of Covid-19, the garment and textile industry, and especially its poor workers have suffered huge losses.

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  • May 14, 2021

    On Bangladesh Accord’s anniversary, brands should commit to new binding safety agreement to safeguard its work

    On 15 May 2013, only weeks after the Rana Plaza collapse killed at least 1,134 people, brands and retailers signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with unions. This groundbreaking legally-binding agreement is expiring on 31 May, two weeks from now, just after the eighth anniversary of its programme that has made 1,600 factories safer for over two million garment workers.

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  • May 14, 2021

    Detained Myanmar labour activist, Daw Myo Aye, faces up to three years in prison

    Trade union leader Daw Myo Aye is one of nearly 5,000 people arrested by the military since the coup in February. She remains in prison where her health is deteriorating.

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  • April 30, 2021

    April 2021 Covid blog

    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, 2021

    European parliament committee can bring real change to European garment workers' wages

    Almost one million garment workers in seven of the European Union's low wage member states would profit directly from a strong and effective EU minimum wage directive. An additional 1.5 million garment workers in eight other European countries would indirectly benefit from this directive. Already now, the discussion on the directive is encouraging national debates in these countries on adequate minimum wages which would enable a decent living of workers.

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  • April 29, 2021

    Remaining safety hazards in Bangladeshi factories show that apparel brands must not abandon binding safety programme

    In the week of the world day for health and safety at work and the week after the Rana Plaza anniversary, the witness signatories to the Bangladesh Accord publish a report showing that deadly safety hazards remain at factories producing for major apparel brands and retailers. The Bangladesh Accord - the most successful safety programme in the contemporary history of apparel supply chains - is set to expire on 31 May of this year.

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  • April 28, 2021

    Justice still outstanding: an update of legal cases related to Rana Plaza eight years on

    Eight years since the Rana Plaza collapse of 24 April 2013, full justice is still far off. The survivors have been calling for sentencing of Sohel Rana, the five factory owners, and others responsible for this disaster. However, an update of case statuses published on the occasion of the anniversary of the factory disaster, by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), shows that the attainment of justice is still stalled and delayed.

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  • April 22, 2021

    Commemorating the Rana Plaza anniversary by preventing the next disaster

    24 April marks eight years since the Rana Plaza building collapsed with thousands of people inside, killing at least 1,134 people. In the face of a new lockdown in Bangladesh we are offering an online commemoration platform, to safely mark this anniversary. Additionally the website enables visitors to urge garment brands to continue preventing future disasters. This is vital as the Bangladesh Accord, the programme that has successfully made factories safer since Rana Plaza, is at risk of being rendered meaningless within the next five weeks.

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  • April 21, 2021

    Families of 28 drowned workers in Morocco call for urgent support

    On February 8th 2021 nineteen women and nine men between the ages of twenty and forty died in a garment factory in Tangiers, Morocco, after a short circuit caused by the heavy rains in the region flooded many places and houses at street level. The families of the workers call on the Moroccon state for urgent support.

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  • April 16, 2021

    Call for immediate release of arrested labour activist Daw Myo Aye in Myanmar

    The Clean Clothes Campaign global network calls for the immediate release of labour activist Daw Myo Aye, who was arrested in Yangoon on 15 April 2021. The leader of the Solidarity of Trade Unions in Myanmar (STUM) was forcibly taken from her office by the army yesterday. Four cars drove up to her office and took her to a police station for interrogation where she was detained overnight.

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  • April 9, 2021

    Garment brands and manufacturers cannot stay silent on Myanmar atrocities

    The Clean Clothes Campaign Network condemns the silence of garment brands, including Aldi North, Lindex and Marks & Spencer, on the military in Myanmar committing atrocities since the military coup at the start of February. Brands such as H&M, Next, C&A, Primark and Benetton, who have suspended placing new orders, still have a clear responsibility towards workers to ensure wages and severance are being paid.

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  • April 6, 2021

    The Europe Floor Wage benchmark estimates a living wage for garment workers in Central, East and Southeast Europe

    Clean Clothes Campaign is taking another step in the continuous struggle to improve the working conditions and empower workers in the global garment and sportswear industries by introducing the Europe Floor Wage: a cross-border base living wage benchmark for Central, East and Southeast Europe.

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  • April 6, 2021

    Second Cairo factory tragedy in a month shows need for international safety agreement

    Last week, according to reports, at least 8 people died and 29 were injured when a ten story building housing a garment factory collapsed on them in the early morning. Clean Clothes Campaign offers condolences to the victims and their family and calls for an international binding agreement on factory safety that holds brands, retailers, and factory owners accountable. 

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  • March 31, 2021

    March 2021 Covid blog

    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 30, 2021

    Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region Warns Corporations Not to Trade their Human Rights Principles for Market Access

    As global fashion brands face commercial retaliation in China over their statements against the use of forced Uyghur labour, the advocates leading the campaign against forced labour in the Uyghur Region are calling on companies not to trade their human rights principles to hang onto commercial advantage.

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  • March 24, 2021

    Sri Lankan garment workers suffer during pandemic, while brands and manufacturers continue to make profits

    Labour rights advocates today published a brief on the situation of the Sri Lankan garment industry during the pandemic, which reveals that apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers have continued to take in huge profits while cutting costs at the expense of workers' health, employment security, and income. The organisations behind the brief are urging brands and employers in the Sri Lankan garment sector to start a national dialogue with unions to ensure workers’ rights, wages and health are safeguarded.

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  • March 12, 2021

    Workers Suffer While Fashion Brands’ Profits Return

    200 rights organisations demand brands fix their broken industry by putting the money on the table to ensure workers can feed their families and respecting labour rights. For only ten cents more per t-shirt, companies like Amazon, Nike, and Next can make sure workers survive the pandemic.

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  • March 11, 2021

    Solidarity with arrested labour activists in Hong Kong

    Statement of Solidarity with labour activists, Carol Ng and Winnie Yu, arrested in Hong Kong.

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  • March 4, 2021

    Civil society calls on MEPs to support corporate accountability in key vote.

    Next week, Members of European Parliament will vote on a report that paves the way for the EU to require companies to protect human rights and the environment in their global value chains by law. MEPs must back this report.

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  • March 1, 2021

    Garment brands and manufacturers must condemn the military coup and support workers in Myanmar

    Joint statement of solidarity with workers in Myanmar

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  • February 28, 2021

    February 2021 Covid blog

    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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  • February 25, 2021

    Over half a million people tell the EU to hold business accountable

    Over half a million people around the globe have demanded a strong EU law to hold corporations accountable for their impact on human rights, including trade union and workers’ rights, and the environment.

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  • February 16, 2021

    Factory tragedy shows need for international safety agreement and improved working conditions in Morocco

    Last week, at least 28 garment workers died following heavy flooding in a sweatshop in Tangier, Morocco. Our thoughts are with these workers and their families. This tragedy shows the urgent need for better working conditions in the Moroccan garment industry, as well as an international binding agreement on factory safety that holds brands, retailers and factory owners accountable for creating safe and healthy workplace conditions.

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  • February 6, 2021

    CCC network statement in response to Natchi Apparels case

    Gender-based violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the world of work, are among the most pervasive human rights violations. The recent report of the rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit garment worker at Natchi Apparels by her male supervisor, in Tamil Nadu exemplifies this fact.

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  • February 4, 2021

    A message to the workers in Myanmar

    Solidarity message from the CCC network to workers in Myanmar after this week's coup.

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  • February 3, 2021

    January 2021 Covid blog

    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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  • January 20, 2021

    Wage Forward: Break the poverty chain.

    A broad coalition of unions, worker centres, NGOs and other advocates have come together to develop and advance a proposal for a legally binding and enforceable wage agreement in order to achieve Living Wages as standard in the Global Garment Industry.

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