Worker Rights

Bangladesh Garment Workers to Receive 77 Percent Wage Increase

Finally, some welcome news for the beleaguered garment workers of Bangladesh. After months of brewing labor tensions in the wake of several fatal industrial accidents, Bangladeshi…

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British MPs Propose "Kitemark" Scheme in Wake of Bangladesh Collapse

Photo by David Goldman for the Associated Press Members of the British Parliament have raised the possibility of an ethical “Kitemark” for garments as a way to ensure that…

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Adidas Becomes First Collegiate Outfitter to Sign Bangladesh Accord

Adidas made history Friday as the first college-logo brand to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a legally binding contract that will hold the sportswear giant…

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Post-Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's Workers Are Still Economic Prisoners

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters It is now six months since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where over 1100 people died, and the garment industry is still scrabbling to…

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Over 29 Million People Enslaved, Says World's First Global Slavery Index

More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the first index to quantify the scale of forced labor on a country-by-country basis.…

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What's Life in a Bangladesh Sweatshop Like? Ask This 9-Year-Old Worker

Journalist Raveena Aulakh got a first hand look at life in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, going undercover as an employee for four days. Aulakh’s story revolves around her young boss Meem,…

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VIDEO: Rana Plaza Disaster Victims Still Need Compensation

War on Want doesn’t want us to forget the victims and families of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. The labor nonprofit also wants to hold the Western brands and…

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Walmart Owes Compensation to Three Major Bangladesh Factory Catastrophes

First the Tazreen Fashions disaster, then the Rana Plaza building collapse, and now the fire at Aswad Composite Mills. It’s no coincidence that Walmart now owes compensation to…

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Fire at Bangladesh Garment Factory Kills At Least 10 People, Injures 50

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for Getty Images A fire Tuesday night at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital has killed at least 10 people, according to local officials. Fire…

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"The True Cost": A Documentary About the Clothing Industry's Impact

“Growing up I was told this very simple story about where our clothes come from,” Andrew Morgan, director of a new documentary, The True Cost, tells viewers in the opening…

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Bangladesh Safety Accord Goes Public With List of 1,600 Factories

In an industry first, more than 90 international apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers operating in Bangladesh have made public a list of the 1,566 factories they use as part of…

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Factory That Produces for Gap Accused of "Grueling Forced Labor"

Gap is “cheating the poorest workers in the world,”, according to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. In a report published Thursday, the Pittsburgh-based…

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Bangladesh Garment Workers Organize Biggest Wage-Hike Protest

Photos by the Associated Press Hundreds of clothing factories outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka were forced to close temporarily on Monday after protests demanding higher minimum…

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Marks & Spencer to Communicate Directly With Workers in Its Supply Chain

To the 22,500 workers in its garment supply chain, Marks & Spencer is listening. The British department store signed a one-year contract with…

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Models Protest Outside Nautica's New York Fashion Week Show Over Bangladesh Safety

Photo by Fashionista This year, as models line up to walk the Lincoln Center runways for Nautica’s spring 2014 collection for New York Fashion Week, some can be found outside on the…

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Children's Lives Are at Risk in Tanzania's Gold Mines, Says New Report

Photo by Zama Coursen-Neff for Human Rights Watch Children as young as eight are risking their lives daily by working in Tanzania’s small-scale gold mines, according to a new…

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Hand-Stitched Banners Spotlight Fashion Industry's Myriad Inequities

Photos by Robin Prime for Craftivist Collective The Crafivist Collective is fighting fashion with fashion, by launching a campaign of hand-cross stitched miniature banners that plea…

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90 Percent of Australia's Fashion Retailers Are Profiting From Child Labor

Photo by Lizette Potgieter/Shutterstock The first Australian Fashion Report was launched this week by Baptist World Aid in order to assess the practices of 40 companies owning 128…

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