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  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Report: brands urged to address systemic union busting Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published today by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) suggests that trade union members in apparel manufacturing supply chains have been unfairly targeted for dismissal over recent months, with unscrupulous…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    New arrest as Cambodian PM quashes freedom of speech

    PHNOM PENH – A prominent Cambodian labour leader has been arrested for speaking out on “politically sensitive matters” relating to the government’s handling of its borders with Vietnam. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions,…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Private apparel firms urged to open up on ethics Premium Article

    LONDON – The newly relaunched Good Work Investor Coalition (GWC), the worker rights arm of responsible investment charity, ShareAction, says it’s exploring ways to influence privately owned companies to engage more openly in tackling poor employment…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    UN intervenes on Cambodia intimidation tactics Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The United Nations has sent a letter to Cambodia’s government over allegations it attempted to intimidate a representative of workers’ rights group Licadho by threatening jail time. Licadho’s monitoring manager Am Sam Ath was quoted on…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Under-fire LA factory tipped to become “gold standard” Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which was closed in June after more than 350 of its staff caught COVID-19 leading to the deaths of four, has reopened and been tipped to become a gold standard for garment manufacture amidst the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Investors to influence textile supply chain reform Premium Article

    LONDON – Responsible investment charity ShareAction (SA) says the COVID-19 crisis could trigger significant growth of insecure work practices in sectors such as textiles and apparel and is calling for investors and companies to ‘deeply consider’ how…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Remake calls for accountability on LA factory infections Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Ayesha Barenblat, the founder of workers’ rights organisation Remake, has called on Dov Charney – owner of Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which registered more than 300 COVID-19 cases and four deaths over recent months – to take…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    US sanctions suppliers over Xingjiang links Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US has announced sanctions against 11 Chinese companies - said to include current and former suppliers to Patagonia, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Muji - over alleged links with human rights violations against…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Cradle to Cradle standard open for further review Premium Article

    OAKLAND – The Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute has opened up the latest draft of its product standard version 4 for public review, having similarly turned to the industry for feedback in August of last year. Having incorporated changes off the…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Brands urged to support supply chains Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – A group of workers’ rights organisations have called on fashion brands and retailers to establish to make a Supply-chain Relief Contribution (SRC), through which two per cent of their total sourcing budget from the preceding 12 months…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Uyghur workers videoed on TikTok platform Premium Article

    XINJIANG – Footage which has emerged on the social media platform TikTok has raised fresh fears over the sufferment of China’ Uyghur Muslim population, as it shows what are believed to be forced labourers in transit. In March, research from the…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Garment workers 'gassed' during insect spraying Premium Article

    JORDAN - More than 140 women garment workers had to be taken to hospital after they inhaled toxic gases during spraying to control insects and rodents at their factory. Doctors said it appeared the concentration of the chemicals used for the…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    GMAC appeals for ILO backing of EBA postponement Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and those supporting its Call to Action to throw down their support for postponing Cambodia’s partial suspension from the…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    C&A called on to address supplier violations Premium Article

    YANGON – A collective of workers’ rights organisations has submitted a complaint against fashion titan C&A to the Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, accusing the retailer of turning a blind…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    New BGMEA hospital provides respite Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has established a new 50-bed hospital in the export processing zone of Saltgola in Chattogram. The facility will be used to treat garment workers infected by…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Project supports struggling Dhaka communities Premium Article

    DHAKA – Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the OHS (Occupational health and safety) Initiative for Workers and Community is launching an emergency response project to support garment workers, their families and communities across the Bangladeshi…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    ILO rolls out COVID-19 safety training Premium Article

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is teaming up with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) to establish a virtual platform…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Survey: Cambodian workers crippled by low incomes Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A survey of suspended factory workers, whose sites have closed either temporarily or permanently in light of the coronavirus pandemic, highlights the severity of their financial difficulties with respondents suggesting they’re eating…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Cambodian minister vows to address worker plights Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Minister of Labour Ith Samheng has urged his peers in authority to address the plight of workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, after yet more protests over factory closures and uncertainty over pay. In a meeting with the…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    C&A Foundation releases final annual report Premium Article

    ZUG - The C&A Foundation has released its fifth and final annual report after handing over the reins to its successor organisation, the Laudes Foundation. As well as reviewing its achievements in 2019, the report highlights some of the…
  • Friday, 12 June 2020

    Cambodia expecting ‘contentious’ wage discussions Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Stakeholders in Cambodia’s garment manufacturing industry will meet next month to begin what are expected to be contentious discussions over a new minimum wage for workers. Union representatives, employers and government officials will…
  • Thursday, 11 June 2020

    ETI, FairWear publish workplace guidelines Premium Article

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and FairWear have jointly published both a factory checklist and discussion sheet in an effort to ensure worker health and safety remains paramount whilst COVID-19 is a threat. The guidance material…
  • Wednesday, 10 June 2020

    UNICEF addresses children’s rights in textile factories Premium Article

    GENEVA – Global children’s charity UNICEF and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) have teamed up to develop guidance for clothing and footwear companies to better address children’s rights in their global supply chains. Having collaborated with…
  • Monday, 08 June 2020

    Factory owners urged to stop sacking workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factory owners in Bangladesh are being urged to stop laying off workers during the coronavirus pandemic after nearly 18,000 reportedly lost their jobs in two weeks despite an agreement to avoid sackings. The government's Department…
  • Monday, 08 June 2020

    ILO launches garment worker hotline in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia initiative has launched a mobile phone hotline in the country to provide garment workers with information on how best to recognise and prevent the spread of…
  • Friday, 05 June 2020

    Brands urged to defend charged garment worker Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A Cambodian garment worker who spoke out about her employer’s decision to terminate staff contracts against government advice could face up to three years in jail as the factory she used to operate for continues to press charges of…
  • Friday, 05 June 2020

    UN to host forum on business and worker rights Premium Article

    ONLINE – Representatives of governments, businesses, workers’ organisations and the international community will convene for a forum on business and human rights, organised by the United Nations. From 9-12 June, a series of discussions will take…
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Nirapon to leave Bangladesh but commits to safety role Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Nirapon garment factory safety programme - which represents 21 mostly North American brands and retailers in Bangladesh - is leaving the country. The organisation, which took over from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, is to…
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Dutch authorities back worker welfare project Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given its nod of approval to a new collaborative multi-year project in the country, aimed at promoting workers’ rights for those in key garment manufacturing nations where wage concerns and…
  • Monday, 01 June 2020

    Alleged ‘hired miscreants’ assault Dhaka protesters Premium Article

    DHAKA – There’ve been violent scenes in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka over the weekend, as staff at a factory which took to the streets in protest over unfair working hours were assaulted by culrpits which they believe were hired by their…
  • Thursday, 28 May 2020

    Debenhams staff fight for redundancy package Premium Article

    CORK – Irish workers’ rights NGO Mandate Trade Union has launched a national official strike campaign against high street retailer Debenhams in an effort to secure a staff redundancy package for those who’ve lost their jobs due to the coronavirus.…
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

    Sri Lankan taskforce ensures worker income Premium Article

    SRI LANKA – The Sri Lankan government’s COVID-19 tripartite taskforce, which it established earlier this month, has reached an agreement to ensure workers remain employed during these unruly times, and that they retain a steady income. The…
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

    Cambodian unions convene to discuss concerns Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Cambodia Labour Confederation (CLC) has held a meeting convening representatives from 60 local unions in a roundtable discussion of the financial difficulties facing garment workers throughout the coronavirus saga. Delegates are…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    Myanmar to resume wage discussions post-pandemic Premium Article

    YANGON – Myanmar’s National Committee for the Minimum Wage (NCMW) says the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn developments to introduce a new national minimum wage to a standstill, but says discussions could get underway once more by the end of the month.…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Brands accused of 'colonialism' over COVID-19 Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Workers’ rights organisation Remake, which launched the PayUp campaign, to pressure brands and retailers to pay in full for orders during the coronavirus pandemic, has accused those who refuse of "colonialist" behaviour. Some 15…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Protests rife throughout Dhaka Premium Article

    DHAKA – Garment workers across Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka have protested in their droves over pay, Eid bonuses and factory closures. Across Ashulia, Dhamrai, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chattogram, factory staff from more than 10 sites have staged…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    IndustriALL campaign raises awareness of ILO conventions Premium Article

    GENEVA – The southeast Asian office of workers’ rights organisation IndustriALL has partnered with affiliates in Cambodia to create an online campaign which raises awareness of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention 190 on violence…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    Factories threatened with closure over payments Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has advised the Ministry of Labour to close 46 factories across Bangladesh which represent the remaining one per cent of sites yet to pay workers their wages for March.…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Pakistani workers protest over jobs and pay Premium Article

    KARACHI - Thousands of factory workers have staged a major protest in Pakistan over the non-payment of wages and widespread job losses which they say have left more than 10 million people in poverty. The National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Dispute over COVID-19 deaths in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Controversy is raging over the number of garment workers to be infected with COVID-19 in Bangladesh where more than 1,750 factories have now reopened despite an ongoing government lockdown. The Industrial Police, which is responsible for…
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Bangladesh welcomes worker wellbeing service Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has teamed up with digital wellbeing assistant Maya, to provide a platform for garment workers to seek both general and mental health support amidst the pandemic. Maya,…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Falsified data hampers supply chain policing Premium Article

    ITHACA - Apparel brands’ efforts to police their supply chains aren’t working because much of the information given to the auditors who inspect factories is inaccurate, according to researchers. A report, by Cornell University’s School of Industrial…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Brands 'responsible for garment worker safety' Premium Article

    DHAKA - A leading Bangladeshi trade unionist, who began her working life in a clothing factory at the age of 11, says brands and factory owners should be held responsible if garment workers returning to work die of coronavirus. More than 1,100…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Cambodian minister: workers safe among colleagues Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A Cambodian minister has looked to play down garment worker concerns that they’re susceptible to contracting the coronavirus upon returning to work, insisting “there are no outsiders”, and that the people they will likely come into the…
  • Monday, 27 April 2020

    Canadian NGO donates to lift Bangladeshi workers Premium Article

    TORONTO – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund, a Canadian organisation which promotes human rights through relief projects, has donated US$50,000 to the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, as it looks to alleviate some of the financial pressures…
  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    Apparel Impact Institute hit by pandemic Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), which works with brands and factories to reduce the environmental and social impact of the fashion and textiles industry, says the COVID-19 crisis will put back its work by at least six months. The…
  • Tuesday, 21 April 2020

    Textile factory boss jailed over COVID-19 Premium Article

    SAN JUAN - A textile factory supervisor has been handed an eight month prison sentence in Argentina for making his employees work during a lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus. Jorge Zukerman, supervisor at a factory owned by a company called…
  • Monday, 20 April 2020

    Fashion Nova questioned over consumer cash giveaway Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Workers’ rights organisation Remake has questioned the sentiment behind apparel brand Fashion Nova’s US$1 million giveaway, as it’s revealed that garment workers in its supply chain are comparatively paid poverty-line wages and in some…
  • Thursday, 16 April 2020

    30 workers injured in Cambodia crash Premium Article

    TAKEO – Around 30 garment workers have been injured in Cambodia, after the truck they were travelling in flipped over at high speed due to a steering wheel malfunction. This comes less than two months after Cambodia’s Council of Ministers vowed to…
  • Wednesday, 15 April 2020

    Migrant workers in Japan face exploitation Premium Article

    TOKYO - Migrant garment workers on Japan’s state-supported Technical Internship Training Programme (TITP) face widespread labour violations including poverty pay, debt bondage and enforced overtime, according to a new report. The study, entitled…
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