Worker Rights

John Oliver Skewered Fast Fashion on HBO—And It Was Glorious

Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver took to his HBO pulpit Sunday night to fire a blistering denunciation of fashion retailers that sell trendy…

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Has the Rana Plaza Disaster Really Changed the Garment Industry?

On second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, a disaster that killed 1,138 garment workers and injured thousands more in Bangladesh, one question appears to be on the mind of…

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"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose the Truth About Sweatshops

AWFUL TRUTH A yellow cabled sweater, for instance, outlines a day in the life of a Cambodian child laborer. The label reads: “100% cotton. Made in Cambodia by Behnly, nine years…

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Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

Cambodia’s garment industry is under renewed scrutiny after Human Rights Watch accused the local government of failing to protect its workers from myriad labor-rights abuses. In a…

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U.K. Textile Workers Earning £3 Per Hour, Says New Study

Photo by Shutterstuck That “made in Britain” clothing tag may not be all that cracked up to be, according to new revelations about alleged human-rights abuses in…

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Benetton—Finally!—Agrees to Contribute to Rana Plaza Victims' Fund

Photo by 360b/Shutterstock Benetton is finally putting its money where its mouth is. Nearly two years after thousands of garment workers lost life and limb in the collapse of the Rana…

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INTERVIEW: Norway's "Sweatshop Fashionistas," In Their Own Words

Picture this: Three young fashion enthusiasts from Norway, two of them still in their teens, travel to Cambodia, where they sample the life of a garment worker for a month. Not exactly…

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Reality Show Sends Young Fashionistas to Work in Cambodian Sweatshop

A young blonde woman weeps openly on camera, her manicured fingers perched wanly against her cheekbones. “I can’t take it any more,” she sobs in Norwegian. “What…

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Uniqlo Under Fire for Promoting Sweatshop Conditions in China

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Uniqlo has come under fire after labor activists claimed to have uncovered sweatshop-like conditions at its Chinese factories. In a damning report…

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Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers. Every person ought to have…

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Cotton Tops List of Industries Most Likely to Abuse Child Labor

Photo by Shutterstock Textiles from Cambodia, garments from Bangladesh, and cotton from India share at least one thing in common: they’ve all been cited by the U.S. Department of…

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar…

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H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor

H&M has blacklisted a southern Indian textile mill following allegations of rampant labor- and human-rights abuses in the the country’s garment hub of Tamil Nadu. Flawed…

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Sales Halt on Feminist T-Shirt Following Sweatshop Claims

A campaign T-shirt worn by British political leaders and celebrities to promote feminism has been withdrawn from sale following claims that it was manufactured in a sweatshop. A The…

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Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

Is Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign forcing sex workers into an even worse trade? A video exposé from Vice News claims that Cambodian authorities are…

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H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Minimum Wage in Cambodia

After thousands of garment workers rallied across Phnom Penh last week to renew demands for higher wages, eight of the world’s leading fashion retailers said they are willing to…

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union Cambodia’s garment workers are working themselves to death—literally, according to IndustriAll Global Union, a labor-rights…

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