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Clean Clothes - Information
It’s a strict hostel life for these garment workers
The Hindu, Oct 9, 2018
In hostels, where hundreds of women working in garment factories stay, there is a sense of an inescapable prison-like atmosphere. Vehicles ferry them to their workplaces, and when they are dropped back there are rules that prohibit them from going out (even on holidays). »
The Global Slavery Index 2018 - Findings: Country Study India, Jul 2018
The Global Slavery Index estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were nearly 8 million people living in modern slavery in India. This slavery includes labour in spinning mills and granite quarries »
The Fashion Industry Is Considered One Of The Biggest Contributors To Modern Slavery
Essence, Jul 26, 2018
If you’ve ever wondered where your clothing is made or how it’s produced, the new report by the Walk Dree Foundation will certainly make you ponder. The fashion industry is the second-largest sector, after technology, to support modern slavery practices. »
Worker Rights Consortium Assessment Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India): Findings and recommendations
Workers Rights Consortium, Jun 21, 2018
An investigation by WRC has found that the management of a garment factory in Bangalore operated by Shahi Exports, a supplier of clothing to top US and European retailers, engaged in a campaign of vicious repression and retaliation against workers’ exercise of fundamental labor rights. »
Global initiatives failing to stop labour abuses in India, activists say
Thomas Reuters Foundation, Jun 27, 2018
International efforts to make it easier for garment workers in India to speak out against sexual harassment, dangerous working conditions and abuses are failing, campaigners said on Tuesday. Social Accountability International (SAI) and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) are not enforcing procedures they set up to protect workers, they said. »
Problems persist in South Indian textile industry
press release SOMO/ICN, Jun 20, 2018
Social accountability initiatives fail to bring improvements for workers in the South Indian textile industry. New report finds that complaint mechanisms have not remedied labour rights violations affecting girls and young women. »
Tamil Nadu government plans resource centre to ‘track’ migrant workers
The Times of India, Mar 17, 2018
Under fire from various international organisations for failing to monitor the working conditions of migrant women labourers in Tamil Nadu’s bristling textile hubs, the state government is mulling over setting up a resource centre that would track the movement of this vulnerable section and resolve their grievances. »
False Promises and Mobility Restrictions Plague Migrant Workers in Bengaluru’s Garment Industry
The Wire, Jan 29, 2018
Language barriers, poor living conditions, restrictions on movement and low pay, often below the minimum wage, are some of the problems plaguing migrant workers in Bengaluru’s garment factories, a new ICN report states. Migrant workers are often treated worse than local workers in the factories. »
New report: False promises and restriction of movement in production for Western garment brands
ICN/CCC/Garment Labour Union, Jan 26, 2018
Female migrants employed in India’s garment factories supplying to big international brands like Benetton, C&A, GAP, H&M, Levi’s, M&S and PVH, are subject to conditions of modern slavery. »
Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss
The Guardian, Jan 4, 2018
Luxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss said it has found cases of forced labour, a form of modern slavery, in its supply chain. Young female workers have been held captive behind the walls of garment factories in southern India and prevented from leaving the premises at any time. »
Mill worker deaths fuels employment concerns in India garment sector
Reuters, Dec 27, 2017
The death of a 21-year-old woman working in a garment factory in south India has reignited concerns among rights campaigners over the working conditions of low-paid textile workers in the multi-billion dollar industry. »
India slammed for slavery, we need to counter: IB to Govt
Indian Express, Oct 4, 2017
It underlined that the US government funded the 2017 report which estimated 40 million slaves in the world, including 25 million in the Asia-Pacific. »
Photo essay: How TN textile mills force girls into bonded labour to 'earn dowry'
The News Minute, Sep 2, 2017
The banned ‘Sumangali Scheme’ still thrives in Tamil Nadu, albeit under new names ... A recent report from ICN (Dec 2016) clearly states that in 351 out of 743 mills, Sumangali is still around. Moral policing, constant surveillance, gender segregation and lack of mobility are in fact offered as perks to families by brokers when they are trying sell employment in mills. »
Over 300 textile units in India enter agreement with Netherlands on fair wages, sustainable environment
The Times of India, Aug 10, 2017
Under the initiative of the government of Netherlands, a huge importer of fabrics and also a champion of labour and environment issues, over 300 textile and garment units in India have agreed transition to production practices that ensure safety and well-being of workers and protection of the environment. »
Responsible garment production a step closer
SER, Jul 4, 2017
The textile industry has established a basis for responsible garment manufacturing in the longer term. For the first time ever, businesses as a group will state which factories produce their clothing. They have also drawn up specific improvement plans to tackle poor working conditions, human rights and environmental and animal abuses. »
Dutch sustainable sourcing pact maps suppliers, Jul 5, 2017
A Dutch agreement on international responsible business conduct in the global garment and textile sector, says it is a step closer to responsible garment production after revealing participating businesses will state which factories produce their clothing for the first time. »
‘Locals have become too aware of their rights’: Why Bengaluru garment factories are hiring migrants, May 9, 2017
The fashion industry’s requirements for cheaper and faster labour have prompted companies to focus on rural India. »
For Bengaluru’s garment hub workers, the minimum wage is actually the maximum wage, Apr 19, 2017
From April 2016 to January 2017, apparel exports grew by 4.5%. But the narrative that the cost of labour is squeezing the industry is a constant refrain. »
The Bengaluru garment workers who stitched your branded clothes have probably still not been paid, Apr 18, 2017
Small strikes over unpaid wages continue to erupt in garment hub that saw massive protests last year. »
10,000 signatures for living wage handed over to Minister Ploumen
press release CCC/ICN, Feb 16, 2017
Thousands of Dutch consumers want Minister Ploumen [of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation] to provide a living wage for garment workers. Through a petition of CCC and ICN 10,734 Dutch people call on Ploumen to do so. »
Indian textile firms fail to investigate abuse complaints - activists
Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb 2, 2017
Women facing sexual harassment in India's garment industry have no place to turn as textile companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, activists said on Thursday. Big textile companies are legally required to form committees to look into sexual harassment complaints but the vast majority haven't done so, according to campaigners. »
Branded Childhood: Garment brands contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropouts in Bangladesh
press release Stop Child Labour, Jan 24, 2017
These are important findings of the report Branded Childhood published by Stop Child Labour and SOMO. Almost 50% of the textiles produced in Bangladesh are exported to the European Union. International brands and retailers should therefore play a key role in ensuring that the rights of all workers and their children are respected. »
No Sexual Harassment - The fight against sexual violence at work
ICN, Jan 16, 2017
Brochure of the India Committee of the Netherlands and Mondiaal FNV on sexual violence at work. Published on the occasion of a meeting of international experts - mainly women - from Bangladesh, India, Argentina, Tanzania, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Netherlands. »
The warp and weft of exploitation
The Hindu, Jan 8, 2017
Women lured by the Sumangali scheme to work in textile mills endure harassment, exploitation and even sexual abuse. The recently-released Fabric of Slavery report of the ICN gives expression to the exploitation in the mills through facts and percentages. The report, based on a study in 743 spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, says: “Young women workers face intimidation, sexually coloured remarks and harassment, which they can hardly escape.” »
Fabric of Slavery: Large-scale child slavery in Indian spinning mills making yarn for international garment brands
press release ICN, Dec 21, 2016
New research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market. »
Forced Labour in the Textile and Garment Sector in Tamil Nadu, South India - Strategies for Redress
Corporate Accountability Research, Dec 2016
Report about the grievances of young women, predominantly from disadvantaged Dalit communities, who are recruited from remote rural villages to work in textile mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu. Research refers to ICN and SOMO reports. »
Garment workers of Karnataka, TN not getting even ‘living wage’: study
The Hindu BusinessLine, Oct 4, 2016
More than one-third of workers, a majority of them women, in some factories in South India that produce clothing for Dutch brands, such as C&A, Coolcat, G-Star, McGregor, MEXX, Scotch & Soda, Suitsupply, The Sting and WE Fashion, are not being paid the official minimum wage leave alone a ‘living’ wage, says a new study, Doing Dutch. »
Dutch companies producing garments in India often pay less than minimum wage
press release Clean Clothes Campaign/ICN, Sep 27, 2016
The working conditions in factories in India that produce for Dutch clothing brands are downright bad. No garment worker earns a living wage. More than one third of the workers not even gets the official minimum wage. »
European deal on textile industry sustainability, Jul 5, 2016
The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting the values of international trade and sustainable supply chains, signed the Statement of Support for the Dutch Garment and Textiles agreement on Monday. »
75 signatures endorse Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector agreement
SER, Jul 4, 2016
This morning, 55 businesses, their representative organisations VGT, Modint and INretail, Solidaridad, UNICEF Netherlands, the India Committee of the Netherlands, the Stop Child Labour Coalition, Four Paws Netherlands, Dutch trade unions FNV and CNV and the National Government of the Netherlands signed the Agreement on a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector. »
India: Eliminating violence against women at work
Sisters for Change, Jun 28, 2016
A new report released on 25 June by Sisters For Change and Munnade has found that 1 in 7 women workers in garment factories in Bangalore has been forced either to commit a sexual act or to have sexual intercourse and 1 in 14 has experienced physical violence in the workplace. »
Clean Clothes - Advocacy
Answers to Questions MEP Peter van Dalen (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Mar 27, 2018) to the European Commission on tackling modern slavery of migrants in Bangalore's garment industry
Jun 26, 2018
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Alkaya (Socialist Party)
(subm. Jan 31, 2018) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on abuses in the Indian garment industry
Feb 27, 2018
An open letter to the European Commission: transparency in the garment supply chain
Poor working conditions and workers’ rights violations are a distinguishing feature of the garment industry. Indeed, over the last decades they have been a pervasive part of this industry’s operations across the globe. In addition, the garment industry is characterized by complex and opaque chains of production and responsibility that include many actors at different levels playing a role in production. The lack of public data on the garment supply chain has been a strong barrier to the improvement of working conditions and to securing respect for human rights.
Labour Behind The Label, Apr 24, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on clothing brands that contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropout in Bangladesh
Feb 16, 2017
Motion members Servaes (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
requesting the government to prepare 'legislation aimed at combating forced labour and modern slavery'
Jan 25, 2017
Motion members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) en Servaes (Labour Party)
on the relationship of low wages, child labour and school dropouts in the garment industry of Bangladesh, in response to the report Branded Childhood
Jan 25, 2017
Written questions European Parliament
Subject: Slavery in Indian factories
Jan 18, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party)
(subm. Dec 28, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Jan 16, 2017
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Grashoff (GreenLeft)
(subm. Oct 5, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on starvation wages and extremely poor working conditions at Indian suppliers to Dutch clothing brands
Oct 26, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Oct 3, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exploitation of Indian workers by Dutch garment companies
Oct 26, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by Member Gesthuizen (Socialist Party)
(subm. Sep 29, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the fact that Dutch companies are having garments produced in India below the minimum wage
Oct 26, 2016

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