Worker Rights

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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Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

Photos by AFP Bangladesh police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water canons on Thursday to disperse hundreds of striking workers at a garment factory in the capital of Dhaka,…

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"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World,…

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Two More Primark Shoppers Find "Cries for Help" in Their Clothes

Looks like the third time isn’t the charm for British retailer Primark. After a Welsh woman discovered a “cry for help” stitched into the lining of a £10 dress she…

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Primark Shopper Finds Worker's "Cry From Help" Sewn Into Dress

A Primark shopper got more than she bargained after discovering a “cry for help” sewn into the lining of her cut-price dress. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was…

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"Made in Europe" Doesn't Mean Better Wages for Workers, Says Report

Photo by Shutterstock The belief that “made in Europe” equals “fairly made” is a myth that needs to be shattered, according to a report from the Clean Clothes…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Owners Threaten to Sue Inspection Agencies

Photo by Shutterstock The owners of Bangladesh’s garment factories are threatening the Accord on Fire and Building Safety with legal action after claiming that closures for safety…

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Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

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Did Climate Change Play a Role in the Rana Plaza Building Disaster?

Photos by Andrew Biraj for Reuters Could climate change have contributed to the Rana Plaza garment-factory disaster in Bangladesh last April? The concept may not be as outlandish as you…

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This Interview Will Change the Way You Think of "Fast Fashion"

Khanam (left), protesting outside The Children’s Place in April. Aklima Khanam may have survived the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013,…

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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Garment Industry Still Costs Lives

On March 25, 1911, a large fire engulfed a clothing factory in New York City killing 146 workers, most of whom were immigrant women. While the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire became…

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Photo by Shutterstock Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop…

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for AFP A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of…

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Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Textile manipulation, embroidery, and ornamental decoration have long been seen as residing within the realm of the private feminine. Backbreaking and dirty manual labor is…

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Kathie Lee Gifford Compares Oscar Red Carpet to "Sweatshop"

Photo by Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock Kathie Lee Gifford must have a short memory. On Wednesday’s episode of her podcast, Kathie Lee & Company, the NBC personality…

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LUSH to Remove Mica From Products Over Child-Labor Concerns

All that glitters is not gold. Such is the case with mica, a shimmery mineral that gives bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundations, and nail polishes their lit-from-within luster.…

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"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

Photo by Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers…

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