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Brands are notoriously secretive about what percentage of their retail prices go to the worker, so there is very little we can say for sure. However, while labour costs vary, for most garments, wages for production will scarcely exceed 3% of the price you pay in the shop. This percentage could be drastically less for an item from a luxury fashion brand, since workers producing high end garments do not typically earn more than workers producing for high street brands.
Each year, dozens of organisations and workers seek our action and support in cases of labour and human rights violations. With persistence from workers, consumers, CCC and its partners, we are proud to see many of these cases through to settlement. The impact of our international solidarity has reinstated fired workers, released imprisoned labour activists, recognised labour unions, and improved health and safety conditions in garment factories.
At Clean Clothes Campaign, we believe that you, both with your consumer and citizen power, can play a significant role in the fate of the garment industry. Because your purchases matter to brands, your voice will as well. As a citizen, you can use your voice to let brands and governments know you want fair working conditions for the people making our clothes.
As part of the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is a tripartite organisation of trade unions, governments and companies.