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Clean Clothes - Information
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. »
With Organic Cotton and Online Ads, Boll & Branch Helps Indian Farmer
The New York Times, Jun 16, 2016
When Scott and Missy Tannen were putting the final touches on their home renovation in Summit, N.J., a few years ago, they embarked on a seemingly pedestrian chore: choosing sheets for their new king bed. »
Childhood murderers
My Republica, Jun 10, 2016
Have you ever even thought of the child exploitation behind some of the foreign brand garments you wear?
The theme of The World Day Against Child Labour 2016 (June 12) is precise and to the point: "End child labour in supply chains—It’s everyone’s business!" »
Textile sector still in knots over child labour
The Hindu, Jun 13, 2016
Textile units in Tamil Nadu have grabbed headlines several times in the past for the wrong reasons. Non-governmental organisations, including international organisations, have alleged that child workers are employed in many textile mills and that some units that employ young women do not provide adequate facilities for those who stay in hostels within the mill premises. »
Walmart, Gap supplier factory workers exploited in India
Rediff, Jun 1, 2016
Some workers in India were also make to work on Sundays and national holidays "in sweltering heat, without adequate supply of clean drinking water or any breaks". »
Low wages, poor housing and now EPF: Garment workers’ protest in Bengaluru was inevitable
Firstpost, Apr 21, 2016
The garment workers' violent stir in the beginning of this week in Bengaluru may have died down, with the central government withdrawing the provident fund amendment, but what is apparent is that this was one protest that was just waiting to happen. »
Fear and clothing in Bengaluru
Bangalore Mirror, Apr 20, 2016
Varalakshmi BS, 20, was agitated when we spoke to her on Monday. She had just been shooed away by cops for sitting outside the regional PF office in Singasandra. She was part of a group of garment factory workers protesting against the amendment to the Provident Fund Act, which now prevented them from withdrawing the employer's contribution towards their PF corpus till the age of 58. »
Garment workers' stir continues in Bengaluru, traffic hit for second day
The Hindu, Apr 19, 2016
For the second day in a row, protests against recent amendments to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) continued in Bengaluru and its suburbs on Tuesday, affecting vehicular movement. »
Sweatshops for sweatshirts
Bangalore Mirror, Apr 13, 2016
Leading multinational brands told researchers that more work needs to be done in order to provide them with better living conditions. Conditions under which young migrant women work are appalling, says the study by the India Committee of the Netherlands. »
For better social fabric, apparel makers under global eye
The Economic Times, Mar 16, 2016
Indian apparel suppliers including those catering to global brands such as Gap, H&M and Marks & Spencer will now be monitored for unfair trade practices, following the signing of an agreement by a consortium of international agencies including the UNICEF, Stop Child Labour and Solidaridad. »
ILO asks Indian Government to react to statement by ITUC on forced labour in textile industry
ICN, Mar 2016
ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application on Conventions and Recommendations has requested the Indian government to react to observations by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Garment Labour Union (GLU) about forced labour and other labour rights violations in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu affecting a large number of young women employed in spinning mills. »
Broad support for plan to eliminate child labour from the garment and textile industry
Stop Child Labour, Mar 9, 2016
Stop Child Labour welcomes the broad support for the elimination of child labour, forced (child) labour, low wages and other abuses in the global garment and textile industry. Sector associations, the government, trade unions and civil society organizations - including Stop Child Labour – have agreed on a ‘covenant’ to address these issues in the coming years. »
Nightmare Hostels for Those Who Make in India
The Wire, Feb 1, 2016
The condition of garment factory workers is under scrutiny once again. The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) has released a report, Unfree and Unfair, that brings out the appalling treatment of migrant workers coming to work in Bangalore’s garment factories, with a focus on housing. »
Unfree and Unfair - young migrant garment workers in Bangalore, India
ICN, Jan 28, 2016
This paper gives evidence of appalling living conditions and restricted freedom of movement of young migrant garment workers in the Indian city of Bangalore. The wages of the workers do not add up to a decent living wage. »
Twilight children
The Hindu, Dec 12, 2015
Children and adolescents, mostly girls, toil in factories in conditions of near-slavery. This is the hidden face of manufacturing units in the flourishing industrial hubs of Tamil Nadu. »
23 girls rescued from spinning mill in Tirupur
The Hindu, Sep 21, 2015
As many as 23 girls aged between 11 and 18 years were rescued from a spinning mill at Olapalayam village near Kangayam, in Tirupur District on Sunday. They were rescued in an operation carried out by officials and police, led by Revenue Division Officer (RDO) of Dharapuram G. Saravanamurthy. »
Captured by cotton: Girls duped into "bonded labour" in India's textile mills, Aug 6, 2015
Over 100,000 girls, women work as "bonded labour" in mills.... Poor families duped, send daughters on three-year work schemes.... Spinning mills, big brands say inspectors check conditions.... »
Study on the Health Status of Adolescent Girls working in Textile and Spinning Mills
Vaan Muhil/ICN, Mar 31, 2015
A study on the health status of adolescent girls working in the textile and spinning mills was conducted by the organization Vaan Muhil between October 2015 and February 2015. In total 193 girls of girls from Tirunelveli District working in the mils or returnees of the Sumangali Scheme were selected for the study through group discussions, case studies and individual in-depth interviews. »
New Sumangali guidance document online
Fair Wear Foundation, Mar 18, 2015
To provide guidance to its members, FWF has drawn a document on the risks related to the Sumangali Scheme and India's Bonded Labour System. »
Dalit Girl Found Hanging in Textile Mill
The New Indian Express, Feb 27, 2015
A 19-year-old dalit girl was found dead in a suspicious manner inside a bathroom of a private textile mill near Vedasanthur, Dindigul district on Wednesday. While police claimed the girl committed suicide as she could not bear her stomach pain, NGOs have raised doubts over the death. »
New report Mind the Gap
Future in Our Hands, Feb 23, 2015
How the global brands are not doing enough to ensure a dignified life for workers in the garment and electronics industry in India. »
Helping women garment-factory workers stand up for their rights
The Times of India, Feb 5, 2015
International consumer activism has helped empower several hundred women, especially in garment factories, which is the second largest sector to employ women. »
Report on (child) slavery in Indian textile production leads to action
LIW, Nov 19, 2014
The new report Flawed Fabrics of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and SOMO about child labour and 'modern slavery' in Indian spinning mills supplying to well-known garment brands clothing companies drew a lot of attention and led to various actions. »
Child labour in the fashion supply chain - where, why and what can business do?
The Guardian, Jan 19, 2015
Some 170 million children were in child labour in 2012, according to the International Labour Organisation, touching areas of our lives from fashion to food. To achieve true sustainability, businesses must consider their impacts on children, both directly and indirectly. »
Clean Clothes - Advocacy
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
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van der Staaij (Political Reformed Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Apr 20, 2015) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on modern slavery and child labour in the garment industry in India
May 4, 2015
SOMO/ICN report Flawed Fabrics instigates parliamentary questions: MEPs want action European Commission against slavery in Indian textile production
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Peter van Dalen (CU), Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD) requested the European Commission to raise the problem of large-scale child and forced labour in the South Indian textile industry with European companies sourcing these products
ICN, Nov 18, 2014
Answer to Parliamentary Questions by member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Oct 31, 2014) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the report Flawed Fabrics on modern slavery and child labour in the production chain of clothing brands
Nov 14, 2014
Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the report Flawed Fabrics on modern slavery and child labour in the production chain of clothing brands
Oct 31, 2014
Answer to Parliamentary Questions to European Commission by MPs Sargentini, Lambert en Delli (Verts/ALE)
(subm. Apr 15, 2014) on tackling modern slavery in the South Indian textile and garment industry
Jul 9, 2014

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