Labour Rights Violation

The Clean Clothes Campaign believes that all workers have a right to good and safe working conditions, regardless of gender, age, country of origin, legal status, employment status or location, or any other ground. Fundamental rights include the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, and to earn a living wage that allows workers to live in dignity.

Freedom of association

the right to organise or join a group of your own choice, for example a trade union

Examples of violations

  • Union leaders and members are harassed, discriminated against or fired, for example after raising labour rights violations, as happened the Shahi case in India
  • Union leaders or members are confronted with violence, arrest or imprisonment, as happened to workers of the Power Loom Mazdoor Union in Pakistan


Occupational Health and Safety

the right to a safe and healthy workplace - many of the cases that the Clean Clothes Campaign works on are related to unsafe working conditions in garment factories

Examples of violations

  • The last two years sadly holds the record of the worst industrial accidents in the garment industry ever, with over 1,100 workers losing their lives at the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, the deadly fires in the Tazreen factory in Bangladesh and the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan, with at least 254 and 112 fatalities respectively

Payment and contracts

this includes the right to a living wage, to no forced overtime, to proper payment of overtime, and also illegal factory closures and non-payment of legally owed severance pay

Examples of violations

Other rights violated

Other labour rights violations include gender discrimination, which the Clean Clothes Campaign worked on in the Indian Richa Global factory. 


Related content:

What the Clean Clothes Campaign believes in

Clean Clothes Model Code of Conduct for the Garment Industry