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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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Update Cambodian Strike

 Update Cambodian Strike
24-04-2013 16:03

On November 18th Sous Chantha, a trade union leader, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Unions (C.CAWDU) believes this arrest to be a frame-up in order to disturb his union activities. Sous Chanta risks 2 to 5 years in jail.

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Cambodian Trade Union Leader Arrested

 Cambodian Trade Union Leader Arrested
25-04-2013 13:24

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At least 28 more garment workers die in Bangladeshi factory fire

 At least 28 more garment workers die in Bangladeshi factory fire
24-04-2013 09:51

At least 28 more Bangladeshi garment workers have died and dozens more have been injured when a fire broke out on the 9th and 10th floors of the "That's It Sportswear Ltd" factory just outside the capital Dhaka. Labour rights groups are calling for action: "failure of brands, government and manufacturers to take preventive action condemns more workers to die."

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Call for an end to Jeans Sandblasting

24-04-2013 11:49

Labour rights organisations are calling for a worldwide ban on the sandblasting of jeans. They say that the sandblasting operators who make the finishings on the jeans run unacceptable health risks. According to the organisations, tens of thousands of people working in the jeans industry are at risk of dying.

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Killer Jeans - Manifesto to end sandblasting

Killer Jeans - Manifesto to end sandblasting
24-04-2013 09:50

The Clean Clothes Campaign has launched an appeal on jeans producers to stop sandblasting their products. Sandblasting can cause an acute form of the deadly lung disease silicosis. The practise puts the lives of thousands of sandblasting operators at serious risk. It's often performed in small workshops in the informal sector in jeans-producing countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, China, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. Almost all of the jeans sold in Europe are produced in these countries. In Turkey alone, 46 documented cases of sandblasters contracting silicosis and dying have been registered. This is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Cambodia wages strike: Sacked workers still waiting for justice

 Cambodia wages strike: Sacked workers still waiting for justice
24-04-2013 09:51

787 Cambodian workers are still waiting for reinstatement almost two months after they were sacked for participating in a strike for better wages. CCC has contacted the major buyers from the factories involved, including Gap, Zara and H&M, to demand that these workers are allowed to return to work immediately.

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Over 200 Cambodian trade union leaders suspended or illegally dismissed after mass strike ends

 Over 200 Cambodian trade union leaders suspended or illegally dismissed after mass strike ends
25-04-2013 13:22

The CCC is asking garment brands and retailers sourcing from Cambodia to ensure that 261 factory unionists who have been unfairly dismissed or suspended from work are immediately reinstated in their factories. The CCC is also deeply concerned about reports of ongoing violence against trade unionists and labour-rights activists, legal threats against organisers, and court-sponsored retaliation against union members.

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Cambodian Trade Unionists Locked Out After Mass Strike

24-04-2013 11:49

Campaigners Call on Fashion Brands to Step in

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Garment Workers In Cambodia On Strike

 Garment Workers In Cambodia On Strike
24-04-2013 09:51

On Thursday 16 September Cambodian union leaders decided to a temporary cessation of a mass strike calling for a living wage of 93 US $. The strike started on Monday 13 September with 60.000 workers but won quickly in importance with 200,000 participating workers in over 90 factories at the moment of cessation. The government invited the unions for a negotiation meeting that will take place on September 27. This is occurring in an on-going climate of threat of retaliation for supporting the striking worker rights.

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Bangladesh Labour Activists Released

 Bangladesh Labour Activists Released
24-04-2013 16:06

The Clean Clothes Campaign is very pleased to announce the release of Kalpona Akter, Babul Akhter and Aminul Islam after spending 30 days in custody. During a special hearing on Wednesday September 8, 2010, a magistrate judge granted bail to the three defendants, and ordered their release.

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Kidnapped Union Leader Released

 Kidnapped Union Leader Released
25-04-2013 13:21

Take action now to condemn the kidnapping of a trade union leader at a Marks & Spencer supplier factory in India. The union leader was abducted on August 25 by a gang at the factory grounds where he works. The kidnapping was part of a brutal attack against 60 workers, mostly women. It took place as they arrived for work at the Viva Global factory in Gurgaon, India.

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Bangladesh: international concerns about arrests

24-04-2013 11:49

Labour- and Human-Rights Organisations Call on Government of Bangladesh to Release Worker-Rights Advocates, Fear They Will be Tortured. Leaders of Prominent Labour-Rights Group Were Seized by Police on August 13

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Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety

Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety
25-04-2013 13:20

UPDATE: Recently we informed you about the intimidation and harassment of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. On July 30 2010, more criminal cases were filed against the BCWS staff and other worker leaders. On the night of August 12 2010, 20 police officers arrested Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter. They are still being held in detention. Your urgent support is needed to stop the crackdown on the labour rights organisations.

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Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government

 Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government
24-04-2013 09:51

On June 16 2010, a staff member of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) was detained and severely beaten by Bangladeshi security forces. This occurred just two weeks after BCWS was arbitrarily stripped of its legal status as an NGO. Take action today to support BCWS staff.

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