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Clean Clothes - Information
Situation Bangladesh Accord has Agreement's attention
SER, Oct 19, 2018
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh recently ruled that the office of the Bangladesh Accord must cease operating in Bangladesh after 30 November. The parties and businesses participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile consider this a worrisome development. »
Panel hears horror tales of women’s death in textile factories
The Times of India, Oct 24, 2018
Horrid tales of deaths of women in textile mills kept members of Tamil Nadu State Women’s Commission on the edge of their seats at a public hearing. “They found my daughter’s dead body inside the mill. When we questioned, we were told that she committed suicide due to love failure....." »
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. »
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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