Leading retailers withdraw from Bangladesh garment industry’s annual showcase event

Leading retailers withdraw from Bangladesh garment industry’s annual showcase event

22-02-2017 07:50

Five leading apparel companies -- H&M, Inditex (Zara), C&A, Next and Tchibo -- have pulled out as key speakers and participants from the Dhaka Apparel Summit, organized by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Their decision to withdraw is a response to the campaign of repression against the labor movement carried out by the Bangladesh government and factory owners over the last two months. These companies represent billions of dollars in annual garment purchases for Bangladeshi manufacturers.

#EveryDayCounts campaign targets Bangladesh Embassies in US and Europe

#EveryDayCounts campaign targets Bangladesh Embassies in US and Europe

15-02-2017 16:05

Protests will be held at Bangladesh Embassies across Europe and North America this week, in order to demand an end to the biggest crackdowns on workers’ rights ever seen in the country’s garment industry. As part of the #EveryDayCounts campaign, activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign will join with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union to call for an immediate end to the persecution of garment workers, trade union leaders and worker activists in Bangladesh.

Sri Lankan trade union victory shows power of international solidarity

Sri Lankan trade union victory shows power of international solidarity

09-02-2017 13:55

International support and solidarity can make a real difference in local worker struggles shows this week’s success in Sri Lanka. In a workers’ referendum in two factories with a long history of conflict between employers and management, workers voted to have the trade union recognized as legitimate bargaining partner. In the face of years of intense union busting, this testifies to the empowering nature of international solidarity, called in by the trade union.

Nordic fashion brands need to tackle abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish garment factories

Nordic fashion brands need to tackle abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish garment factories

18-01-2017 07:10

Thousands of Syrian refugees work long hours in Turkey’s apparel factories in unhealthy conditions with salaries below the minimum wage. Despite Turkey being an important sourcing market for the Nordic brands H&M, KappAhl, Lindex, Gina Tricot and Varner (BikBok, Cubus, Carlings et al), the companies are not doing enough to prevent discrimination of Syrians in their supply chains, according to a report by Fair Action and Future in our hands.

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