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  • January 12, 2023

    EU Textile Strategy: civil society’s demands to MEPs

    A wish list presented in January 2023 by seven civil society organisations in relation to the EU Textile Strategy.

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  • December 7, 2022

    Fashioning justice for workers in Pakistan: policy brief on the garment and textile sector in Pakistan

    This policy brief aims to inform policy-makers and other stakeholders about the situation of garment and textile workers in Pakistan on the occasion of the visit of three worker representatives from Pakistan (Nasir Mansoor, Zehra Kahn and Seemi Mustafa) to Brussels, The Hague and Amsterdam in December 2022. The brief pays special attention the issues of safety in the workplace and the informatisation of labour in Pakistan.

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  • November 17, 2022

    Access to customs trade information Open CSO letter

    Our organisations welcome the Commission’s plan to revise the Union Customs legislation and are looking forward to this legislative proposal. With this joint open letter, the undersigned organisations want to urge you to ensure that this upcoming reform will enable non-state actors, such as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), trade unions, academics, journalists and companies to access trade information with customs that is currently considered confidential by Member States. Existing EU legislation, such as the Timber regulation and the Conflict minerals regulation, and upcoming legislation, such as the Deforestation-free products regulation, Batteries and batteries waste regulation, Forced labour regulation and Corporate sustainability due diligence directive, aim to ensure that human rights and the environment are respected in company value chains. Stakeholder involvement plays an important role in the functioning of all these legal instruments.

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  • November 11, 2022

    Deadly safety hazards in factories supplying major international brands show the immediate need for a strong Accord Programme in Pakistan

    A Clean Clothes Campaign brief that was launched today shows that deadly safety incidents and violations occur regularly in Pakistani supplier factories to major brands. These incidents highlight the immediate need for a strong expansion of the International Accord on Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to Pakistan, as garment worker unions in Pakistan have been calling for since 2018. Every brand which has not yet signed onto the Accord, must do so immediately to protection their workers, especially brands implicated in this brief, such as Levi’s, Gap, and Kontoor brands (Lee, Wrangler).

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  • October 20, 2022

    CCC statement in support of Sri Lanka unions fighting repression

    In recent months, the Sri Lankan government increased its repression amidst an economic and political crisis, sending in the army on workers protesting peacefully. Today our partners Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union together with the National Labour Advisory Council Trade union Collective are holding a members rally at the Public Library in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. CCC, Labour Behind The Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, Workers United and War on Want support the unions, who condemn the government’s disregard for the voice of trade unions and demand the Labour Ministry calls for an immediate meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council.

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  • October 19, 2022

    CCC statement on labour rights restrictions Ukraine

    Clean Clothes Campaign has declared its solidarity with garment workers and all workers in Ukraine during the Russian invasion. We condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, as we do any act of aggression, invasion and war. We support every serious genuine diplomatic and political initiative, institutional and grassroot, aimed at the withdrawal of Russian troops from the occupied territories and averting the escalation of the conflict which is already seriously impacting the working class and civilian populations in Europe and beyond.

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  • September 13, 2022

    Living Wage is Possible: Struggle for living wages in Croatia (2022)

    The increased interest in the subject of living wage in Croatia came in mid-2021, a new method of calculating a living wage for Croatia was presented at the round table “Europe Floor Wage – a living wage is a human right”. The round table also marked the official start of the campaign for a living wage in Croatia. The Coalition for a Living Wage was launched, bringing together several civil society organisations - Pariter, the Centre for Peace Studies, the House of Human Rights, the Base for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization (BRID), Fashion Revolution Croatia, the Centre for Education Counselling and Research (CESI), then the Regional Industrial Union and the Independent Workers' Union of Croatia.

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  • September 13, 2022

    Out of sight: Informal employment in the garment industry

    The research is conducted with 62 workers and 19 small-scale employers in regions where informal employment is prevalent. The report determines the causes and consequences of informal employment, an open sore of the sector, directly referring to the experiences of workers and small enterprises on supply chains. Based on the data obtained from in-depth interviews, the report provides policy recommendations for both brands and the government. According to official sources, the rate of informal employment in the garment sector is approaching 50%. However, considering the lack of inspection observed in the research field, it is obvious that this rate must be much higher in reality.

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  • August 25, 2022

    The Intersections of Environmental and Social Impacts of the Garment Industry (2022)

    This discussion paper was formulated in consultation with members and partners in the Clean Clothes Campaign network. The paper presents and contextualises known environmental impacts and impacts on climate changes and the intersections with labour rights, human rights, and social issues in the of the global garment sector. The paper aims to provide the Clean Clothes Campaign network and other stakeholders and CSOs with a summary of relevant, up-to-date information about these issues as well as typical responses from industry actors, stakeholders, and civil society. The content of the paper, and the actions outlined should be viewed as the initial steps towards formulating our position on intersections of environmental and social impacts and our goals for a just transition for the global garment industry.

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  • July 30, 2022

    The Europe Floor Wage - updating the benchmark to 2021

    Background paper - updating wage benchmarks, taking into account inflation and cost of living increases.

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  • July 28, 2022

    Europe Floor Wage Background paper 2022

    The Europe Floor Wage is vital for the Clean Clothes Campaign’s strategy. Global fashion brands and retailers should – as principal employers – pay the full price to their suppliers, i.e. a price which includes a living wage instead of a poverty wage for garment workers. The reality is that the gap between the wages workers earn and a wage their families can live on is huge. This wage gap tends to be bigger in Europe than in Asia. In 15 European countries where garments are produced the gap is on average 1 : 4. Though the right to a living wage is a human right, workers’ actual wages are far below a living wage and in Central, East and South-Eastern Europe even fall considerably below the EU poverty line.

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  • July 27, 2022

    Statement: Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka

    Trade unions and worker rights organizations, including the Clean Clothes Campaign, Labour behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, War on Want and Workers United have written a letter expressing their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.

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  • July 21, 2022

    The road to an Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh

    The EII pilot programme, launched in June 2022, comes off the back of almost a decade of work and considerable pressure from Bangladeshi trade unions and civil society organisations supported by the Clean Clothes Campaign. To highlight the long history of the EII pilot scheme and the disasters that acted as catalysts for brands and employers, the Clean Clothes Campaign has pulled together a timeline of the process. This timeline tracks the history of the scheme, the bridging solutions that came in between and shows the heavy campaigning that occurred to ensure the pilot was successfully implemented.

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  • July 13, 2022

    A LIVING WAGE IS A HUMAN RIGHT - A proposal for Italy, for the fashion industry and beyond

    In this report we specifically address the issue of wages as the first, but not the only, urgent issue we need to act on in order to tackle the problem of in-work poverty and inequality in Italy, starting from the fashion supply chains. The concept of wage we are referring to is the floor living wage adopted by the Clean Clothes Campaign, which can be defined as the value of the net basic wage able to guarantee the worker and his/her family the satisfaction of basic needs and decent living conditions. The net basic pay is calculated without overtime bonuses, before incentives and allowances, and after taxes, taking into account only monetary disbursements.

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