News from 2011

published 27-01-2016 11:23, last modified 24-04-2016 12:22

Thai human rights activist imprisoned for second time

 Thai human rights activist imprisoned for second time
24-04-2013 09:51

We need your support to demand the immediate release of the well-known Thai human-rights activist and journalist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. He was arrested on April 30 on charges of lèse majesté, or the crime of insulting the king. This accusation can lead to a maximum of 15 years in prison and is criticised for being used to silence political opponents and human-rights activists. The Clean Clothes Campaign signals that charges of lèse majesté have over the last two years increasingly been used to silence labour-rights activists.

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Spectrum Relief Scheme finally completed

 Spectrum Relief Scheme finally completed
24-04-2013 09:51

On April 16 2011, the severely injured survivors of the 2005 Spectrum factory collapse as well as the families of the deceased workers received a final lump sum compensation payment during a ceremony in Dhaka. Estimates from worker representatives peg the number of injured workers at 8, and the number of families of deceased workers between 58 and 64. CCC regrets that Inditex has failed to provide us with the exact numbers, despite numerous attempts during the last 14 months to obtain this information. The ceremony was attended by Inditex (Zara), BGMEA, BNC, NGWF, ITGLWF, the ambassador of Spain and the Minister of Commerce. The event was covered extensively in the national media.

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Hitachi Supplier sues Malaysian Labour Rights Activist

 Hitachi Supplier sues Malaysian Labour Rights Activist
24-04-2013 09:51

A major supplier to the electronics multinational Hitachi is suing Malaysian labour rights activist and lawyer Charles Hector following weblog publication of violations of workers' rights.

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April 11: 6th anniversary of the Spectrum collapse

 April 11: 6th anniversary of the Spectrum collapse
24-04-2013 09:51

April 11 is day we remember the 64 workers who were killed and the 80 who injured when the Spectrum factory in Bangladesh collapsed in 2005. Since then at least 200 more Bangladeshi garment workers died as a result of factory fires, and many more were injured, while producing garments for major European or the US brands.

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Play Fair Campaign launches in Brazil ahead of 2014.

Play Fair Campaign launches in Brazil ahead of 2014.
24-04-2013 09:51

An international conference organised by "Play Fair" and the Building Workers' International has opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Conference will launch the BWI Campaign around the World Cup 2014, as well as the Olympic Games 2016 Play Fair Campaign.

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Wage increases in Cambodia!

 Wage increases in Cambodia!
25-04-2013 13:25

After months of intense struggle, unions and employers reached an agreement to increase wages in Cambodia. The agreement follows months of unprecedented labour activism. In Cambodia, a rapidly growing garment industry has become the most important industrial sector and income-earner.

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Killer Practice Still Not Banned By All Jeans Brands

24-04-2013 11:49

Amsterdam, 15 februari 2011 – The sandblasting of jeans has still not been banned by all jeans producers, even though the practice is known to kill sandblasting operators. Ignoring repeated calls by trade unions, labour-rights organisations and medical associations, large international fashion brands like Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and Replay have refused to enter into dialogue to bring the deadly practice to an end in their supply chains.

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Stop the Killer Jeans!

Stop the Killer Jeans!
29-04-2013 15:55

After much publicity on an Italian TV-show, Roberto Cavalli has issued a very terse statement saying they are not currently using sandblasting. Not exactly a public ban, but a start...

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Freedom Balloons

 Freedom Balloons
24-04-2013 09:51

Relatives and friends of the unfairly imprisoned Cambodian union leader Sous Chantha gathered in front of the prison to protest his detention. They launched dozens of balloons, hoping that Sous Chantha himself would also get a glimpse of the action from within the prison walls. In December, the CCC issued an urgent appeal to demand his immediate release.

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Over 300 Striking Garment Workers Still Victimised

 Over 300 Striking Garment Workers Still Victimised
25-04-2013 13:25

Thanks to all of you who took action after our appeal in January: since then over a 160 workers who had been dismissed after striking for better wages have got their jobs back. Pressure on international brands that subcontract production to these factories, like Gap, H&M and Zara, has yielded substantial results, but more remains to be done.

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