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Italian factory conditions deteriorate
by Mirjam van Heugten published 27-01-2015 — filed under: , , ,
New research into Italian shoe and garment factories released today shows that competition with Eastern Europe and Asia is driving down wages and working conditions in Italy.
Located in News / / 01 / 23
Mizuno denies support to unfairly dismissed Indonesian workers
by Mirjam van Heugten published 07-03-2016 last modified 08-03-2016 08:17 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Japanese sports brand Mizuno, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, continues to refuse to help 346 Indonesian workers who were unfairly dismissed after a strike in 2012. Some of the women, who have been working for years on Mizuno sportswear, lost their homes and families after the company producing for Mizuno sacked them. Adidas, another buyer at the factory at the time, also refuses to support the workers.
Located in News / / 03 / 07
New Fairtrade Standard will not benefit garment workers
by Mirjam van Heugten published 22-03-2016 — filed under: , , , ,
Fairtrade International announced to publish its new Fairtrade Textile Standard on 22 March 2016. Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) raised concerns and gave detailed input during the Standard’s development and remains critical today. In order to improve working conditions, a sector-wide approach is needed and corporate behavior has to change, not only some selected supply chains.
Located in News / / 03 / 22
Labour rights groups call for a review of EU-Bangladesh trade agreement following massive crackdown on workers rights
by Mirjam van Heugten published 13-02-2017 last modified 14-02-2017 10:59 — filed under: , , ,
The Clean Clothes Campaign is today joining calls from the global trade unions to demand that the European Union immediately initiate an immediate investigation into serious and systematic violations of fundamental workers’ rights in Bangladesh as provided under the EU’s “Everything But Arms” trade scheme. The call follows the arbitrary arrest and detention of workers and union leaders, the closure of union offices, mass dismissals and ongoing threats and intimidation of union activists.
Located in News / / 02 / 13
Zara, Next, Mango Slammed for Leaving Workers Without Wages in Turkish Factory
by Christie Miedema published 25-09-2017 — filed under: , , ,
Workers at the Bravo Tekstil factory complex in Istanbul, Turkey are demanding their back wages and severance after working without payment for three months followed by the sudden shutdown of their factory. As the factory was producing for the apparel brand giants Zara, Next, and Mango, Clean Clothes Campaign supports the workers’ demand that these brands take responsibility and pay up.
Located in News / / 09 / 25
Bata refuses to step up for the people who made their shoes
by Mirjam van Heugten published 25-09-2014 last modified 11-05-2015 13:03 — filed under: , , ,
Shoe company Bata refuses to take any responsibility for the resolution of a labour rights conflict arising at the factory Palla & Co., a Sri Lankan shoe factory. Workers say its owner repeatedly refused to pay workers an agreed upon pay rise. Bata, who was sourcing from the factory at the time of the labour conflict, cut its commercial relationship with Palla & Co. in late 2013.
Located in News / / 09 / 25
Open letter: After five years, it is high time to pay severance to 345 workers who made adidas and Mizuno shoes
by Christie Miedema published 12-07-2017 — filed under: , , , ,
Today five years ago, a group of Indonesian workers started a strike after their employer had denied them the provincial sectoral wage as well as freedom of association. By the end of July, 1,300 workers were dismissed for participating in the strike. Five years on, 345 workers are still fighting for their rightful severance pay. On this day, Clean Clothes Campaign published an open letter to adidas and Mizuno, the two brands that sourced from the factory in the years preceding these events.
Located in News / / 07 / 12
Bangladeshi garment workers face mass firings and criminal charges
by Mirjam van Heugten published 05-01-2017 last modified 05-01-2017 14:51 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Since last month's wage protests began in Dhaka, Bangladesh thousands of workers along with several grass-roots worker organizations located in the region faced a series of repressive actions from their employers and the government. An estimated 2 - 3000 workers were fired, while numerous legal cases filed at the Ashulia police station accuse at least 1,500 unnamed workers and 150 named workers of vandalism, looting, threatening other workers, and assaulting factory officials. At least 13 union leaders and activists, many of whom had no association with the protests, were detained or arrested. As of January 4, 2017, at least 11 remain in police custody.
Located in News / / 01 / 05
Join our action: Tell Bata to stop cut-and-run Sri Lanka
by Mirjam van Heugten published 15-12-2014 last modified 11-05-2015 13:33 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Bata admits to a cut-and-run after a conflict in one of the factories in Sri Lanka which made their shoes. One year ago, close to 200 workers were fired after they complained about not getting their salary increases. Join our action, tell Bata on facebook and rate Bata on their own rating page: http://on.fb.me/1sc8n9w
Located in News / / 12 / 15
Key findings Migrant report Thailand
by Mirjam van Heugten published 18-12-2014 last modified 18-12-2014 11:18 — filed under: , , , ,
In 2012, the Thailand Textile Institute (THTI) set out an ambitious 300 million THB (7.29 million EURi) plan to develop the national textile and garment industry over four years, with the aim of transforming Thailand into Southeast Asia's fashion centreii. The focal point of garment production is located in Mae Sot, Tak Province, roughly 500km northwest of Bangkok on the border with Myanmar.
Located in News / / 12 / 18