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New safety initiative launched in India today ignores vital lessons from the past
by Christie Miedema published 28-08-2019 last modified 27-08-2019 20:34 — filed under: , , , , , ,
A building safety initiative launching in India today, aimed at improving safety for workers in the country’s garment industry, is set on a path to ignore workers’ voices and replicate mistakes from the past. Although the “Life and Building Safety Initiative” professes to learn from the programme that made factories safe in Bangladesh after the Rana Plaza building collapse, it ignores its most vital elements.
Located in News / / 08 / 28
The Bangladesh Accord continues to operate but its independence may be at risk
by Christie Miedema published 13-06-2019 last modified 13-06-2019 13:05 — filed under: , ,
As witness signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, we are concerned about the potential negative impact on worker safety, both short-term and long-term, of the recently concluded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Accord and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the diverging interpretations that have emerged over the last few weeks.
Located in News / / 06 / 13
Western European brands are profiting from poverty wages in Romania: Europe’s biggest fashion manufacturer.
by Paul Roeland published 20-05-2019 last modified 21-05-2019 14:23 — filed under: ,
Garment workers in Romanian earn a mere 14 percent of a living wage. Therefore their family members have to search for precarious jobs in Western Europe.
Located in News / / 05 / 20
Progress made since Rana Plaza collapse at risk
by Christie Miedema published 14-02-2019 last modified 18-02-2019 09:02 — filed under: , ,
The safety programme that has been instrumental in restoring international trust in the Bangladeshi garment industry after the deadly Rana Plaza collapse of 2013 risks being expelled from the country without a credible alternative in place. Negotiations between signatories of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the government of Bangladesh have grounded to a halt, as Bangladeshi authorities have thus far refused to accept any other outcome than a swift and unconditional handover of the Accord’s tasks to national inspection entities.
Located in News / / 02 / 14
Demonstrations at Bangladeshi embassies demand respect for garment workers’ rights
by Christie Miedema published 28-01-2019 — filed under: , , , , ,
This week labour activists and trade unionists around the world are expressing their solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh through demonstrations in front of Bangladeshi embassies and consulates in cities around the world. Through this week of global solidarity action, activists, unionists and consumers are calling for living wages, safe factories, and a halt to repression against garment workers in Bangladesh. Global concern for garment workers’ rights is mounting after the violent responses to recent wage-related protests, in addition to the protracted court proceedings around the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which threaten essential progress in the field of factory safety.
Located in News / / 01 / 28
Why we are staying away from H&M’s living wage summit in Cambodia
by Neva Nahtigal published 10-12-2018 last modified 11-12-2018 06:21 — filed under: , , ,
Clean Clothes Campaign International office declined an invitation to the “Fair living wage summit” that H&M is organizing on 11 December in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We want to make sure that our absence is not misrepresented at the summit or in other situations and are therefore sharing some background that led to that decision.
Located in News / / 12 / 10
Global week of action against poverty wages at H&M
by Neva Nahtigal published 23-11-2018 — filed under: ,
From Delhi to London, from Washington, DC to Zagreb, with many cities in between, workers and activists are drawing attention to H&M’s broken commitment that 850,000 garment workers would be paid a living wage by this year. Expressions of solidarity with garment workers and denouncements of poor and precarious working conditions have also been coming from other parts of the H&M's global supply chain.
Located in News / / 11 / 23
#WeDemandTk16000: International solidarity with the workers in Bangladesh
by Neva Nahtigal published 12-10-2018 last modified 12-10-2018 09:03 — filed under: , ,
The struggle for a minimum wage in Bangladesh that would enable a decent life continues. Following a series of public rallies, press conferences and round tables, a number of workers are on a hunger strike today. This action, organized by the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), an IndustriALL global union affiliate, should serve as a stark reminder that the announced minimum wage of 8,000 taka will leave many workers and their families hungry and unable to cover other basic living cost.
Located in News / / 10 / 12
Outrageous new minimum wage announced in Bangladesh
by Neva Nahtigal published 21-09-2018 last modified 21-09-2018 09:19 — filed under:
In a climate of fear and intimidation and after months of delays, Bangladeshi authorities have announced the new monthly minimum wage of 8,000 taka (USD 95) for the 4.5 million workers in the garment sector in Bangladesh. This amount shows complete disregard for legitimate workers' unions and for the need to set wages through social dialogue.
Located in News / / 09 / 21
Brands’ support for a living wage for garment workers in Bangladesh
by Neva Nahtigal published 28-08-2018 last modified 21-09-2018 09:20 — filed under: , ,
The Minimum Wage Board in Bangladesh will reconvene on Wednesday, 29 August, to set the new statutory minimum wage for workers in Bangladesh’s garment industry. Ahead of this meeting Clean Clothes Campaign, the International Labor Rights Forum and Maquila Solidarity Network jointly urged major brands sourcing from Bangladesh to publicly support workers’ demands. These include the minimum wage of 16,000 taka, a statutory framework to govern pay grades and promotion and other welfare measures. Inditex – the owner of Zara, Bershka, Pull and Bear and several other labels – was the first to publicly respond in a positive manner.
Located in News / / 08 / 28