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Christmas 'fashion mobs' for a living wage in Cambodia

24-04-2013 11:48

Christmas shoppers stand to be taken by surprise this month as campaigners take action in shopping centers around Europe to raise awareness of poverty wages of Cambodian garment workers. With these 'fashion mobs', they pressure H&M, Inditex (Zara), Levi’s and Gap to introduce a living wage in Cambodia.

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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 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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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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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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Pressure builds on Dolce & Gabbana to ban sandblasting

 Pressure builds on Dolce & Gabbana to ban sandblasting
25-04-2013 13:32

Clean Clothes continues to focus on the remaining brands which have not responded to our call for banning sandblasting or whom have refused to communicate with us. They mostly happen to be Italian luxury brands – Roberto Cavalli and Dolce and Gabbana.

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Armani bans sandblasted jeans but Dolce and Gabbana STILL ignore the call

Armani bans sandblasted jeans but Dolce and Gabbana STILL ignore the call
24-04-2013 09:50

After a long standing campaign launched by Clean Clothes Campaign in November 2010 and a recent petition hosted by Change.org, Giorgio Armani SpA agreed to ban the dangerous practice of sandblasting jeans, a technique used to give jeans a used look which is highly dangerous to workers.

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Release of report on Sandblasted denim and its fatal effects on workers

24-04-2013 11:48

Killer Jeans still being made. New research shows that sandblasting continues in high street production

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Killer Jeans still being made

Killer Jeans still being made
24-04-2013 09:50

New research shows that sandblasting continues in high street production. A new report, Deadly Denim, released by the Clean Clothes Campaign, found that large factories exporting jeans overseas continue to use sandblasting.

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Deadly denim under your Christmas tree?

Deadly denim under your Christmas tree?
24-04-2013 09:50

Did you get some nice new jeans for Christmas? Unfortunately, they may have been produced with sandblasting, a deadly manufacturing method which has caused thousands of cases of silicosis among the workers. A new report from Sweden shows a ban is not enforced.

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Background on Hey Tekstil, Turkey

Background on Hey Tekstil, Turkey
24-04-2013 09:50

Li & Fung, one of the largest apparel sourcing companies in the world, is refusing to pay 2.038 Hey Tekstil workers in Turkey 4.7 million EUR of overdue wages, severance, and notification payments. The conflict began in February 2012 when the last 420 of 3.000 workers from the Turkish apparel company Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret L.Ş. were fired from the company’s Istanbul factory without notice. The workers got organized and decided to take action. At the time of the closure, workers were producing clothes for such brands as Esprit and Disney, which placed their orders through Li & Fung. For the last two years, Li & Fung had 80-90% of the production at Hey Tekstil factories, according to former Hey Tekstil representatives.

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Hong Kong company Li & Fung refuses to pay workers

 Hong Kong company Li & Fung refuses to pay workers
24-04-2013 09:50

We urge you to support 420 struggling workers in Turkey who have been staging a picket line in front of Li & Fung for three months. These workers were employed by a company called Hey Tekstil. From November 2011 to February 2012, the company did not pay them for their last three months of work, fired them without notice, and subsequently failed to pay them their legally-mandated severance and notification payments.

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Hey Tekstil campaign in Turkish

Hey Tekstil campaign in Turkish
29-04-2013 16:01

This is the text of the urgent appeal and the background information, in Turkish

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Day 230 in the picket line: Esprit involved in Hey Tekstil severance case

Day 230 in the picket line: Esprit involved in Hey Tekstil severance case
24-04-2013 09:50

Hong Kong-based brand Esprit was a big buyer from the Hey Tekstil factory in the months before closure last February. An estimated 80-90% of the clothes made at Hey Tekstil in Turkey were for Esprit. Sacked workers are still waiting for back wages in the picket line in Istanbul.

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Esprit and Li&Fung target of international street actions

Esprit and Li&Fung target of international street actions
25-04-2013 13:50

An international call for action from the Clean Clothes Campaign last week led to protests in cities around the world. In Istanbul, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong workers protested against the failure of Esprit and its agent Li&Fung to pay €4.7 million Euro owed to more than 2000 people who became jobless after the factory closed. 'These actions are only the beginning of our campaign to make Esprit and Li & Fung pay up,' says Ineke Zeldenrust, International Coordinator at Clean Clothes Campaign.

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Esprit and Li & Fung leave Hey Tekstil workers hanging

Esprit and Li & Fung leave Hey Tekstil workers hanging
24-04-2013 09:50

For over eight months groups of Hey Tekstil workers have protested in Istanbul for their unpaid wages, severance and other payments from Li & Fung, one of the world’s largest garment trading companies. Li & Fung was sourcing almost all of the production at Hey Tekstil for one brand: Esprit, when the workers were fired without pay.

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Large public procurer in Norway publicly supports dismissed Thai workers

Large public procurer in Norway publicly supports dismissed Thai workers
24-04-2013 09:50

The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, the largest public procurer in the health sector in Norway, publicly supports a number of dismissed Thai workers at Mölnlycke Health Care (Thailand) Ltd. The company which produces hospital gowns sacked 22 unionized workers in September 2011 following their participation in what the gown manufacturer describes as an 'illegal strike'.

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Dismissed Mölnlycke workers continue their struggle

Dismissed Mölnlycke workers continue their struggle
24-04-2013 09:50

More than one year of workers' struggle has not moved the company Mölnlycke Health Care (Thailand) Ltd., the Thai subsidiary of a Swedish multinational, to reinstate 22 union members that were unfairly dismissed in September 2011. The company produces hospital gowns for among others public health institutions in Sweden and Norway. Norwegian health institutions recently announced it would be particularly hard to sign a new contract with Mölnlycke given the company's continued refusal to reinstate the workers even after a national tripartite body ordered them to do so. Mölnlycke produces a wide range of other medical devices in several countries, including Indonesia, Belgium, Thailand, Malaysia, France, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Call on Original Marines: stop intimidation of union members

Call on Original Marines: stop intimidation of union members
18-04-2013 14:14

Since May 2012, garment workers making clothing for Italian brand Original Marines at PT SC Enterprises have faced ongoing intimidation for their trade union activities. PT SC Enterprises is an Indonesian supplier located in Central Java exporting to the European market. Outwardly a green, “modern environmentally friendly garment factory”, conditions within the factory are grim, with low wages, long working hours and forced unpaid overtime. Workers are also highly insecure—out of 1,400 employees, 60% are on short-term contracts, 30% are casual and only 10% are permanent.

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