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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
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
Activists demand UNIQLO pay workers what they are due
by Mirjam van Heugten published 08-03-2017 — filed under: , , , , ,
On International Women's Day a coalition of global campaigners are organising a series of actions aimed at the Japanese-owned corporation UNIQLO. The immediate goal is for UNIQLO to take responsibility for 4,000 workers in their supply chain. Protests in front of UNIQLO's stores are taking place in Hong Kong on Wednesday, running parallel to a letter petition targeting UNIQLO's CEO.
Located in News / / 03 / 08
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
Brands must intervene to win release of imprisoned labour leaders in Bangladesh
by Mirjam van Heugten published 19-01-2017 last modified 31-01-2017 15:33 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Twenty-two human and labour rights organizations from around the world are calling on H&M, C&A, Inditex, Gap and VF to press for the release of unjustly imprisoned Bangladeshi union leaders and worker rights advocates and the reinstatement of 1,500 workers suspended or terminated for taking part in a wage strike. Sign the petition!
Located in News / / 01 / 19
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
CCC condemns escalating repression of unionists amid wage strikes Bangladesh
by Mirjam van Heugten published 24-12-2016 last modified 24-12-2016 10:25 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is today raising concerns about the safety of trade union leaders and workers in Bangladesh, after a number of labour activists and workers were arrested on apparently arbitrary grounds. The arrests have come in the wake of a week of unrest, as thousands of workers in the Ashulia area of Dhaka went on strike to demand higher wages.
Located in News / / 12 / 24
Unions Cambodia condemn violence used on peaceful protesters
by Mirjam van Heugten published 28-04-2016 last modified 28-04-2016 09:37 — filed under: , , , ,
After the controversial new Trade Union Law was passed on 4 April, unions call on brands to continue pushing the Government to consider the independent trade unions’ proposal for improvements on the proposed draft of trade union law in line with the Constitution and international laws. They condemn the violence that was used against peaceful protesters by the security guards.
Located in News / / 04 / 28
Open letter to all brands sourcing from Cambodia
by Mirjam van Heugten published 22-03-2016 last modified 04-04-2016 13:48 — filed under: , , ,
Clean Clothes Campaign published an open letter to all brands in Cambodia to publicly support freedom of association and independent unions in Cambodia. We call upon the brands, representatives for H&M, Inditex, C&A, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Tchibo, Primark and other brands to widely disseminate a public support statement, for a Trade Union Law which fully complies with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 as a condition for future sourcing from the country.
Located in News / / 03 / 22
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