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Monday, 10 February 2014 11:13

Act now to Free the 23!

This man is Ros Sophoan, a garment worker from Cambodia. On January 4th 2014 he was returning to Phnom Penh after taking his wife to her home village in preparation for the birth of their first child. He stopped at his factory to collect his wages and found chaos breaking out. He was arrested on his way back to his rented room.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:22

Free the 23! A living wage now!

On February 10 2014, Labour Behind the Label is joining labour rights groups and trade unions across the world in taking action to demand the immediate release of the 23 Cambodian workers who were detained during January protests when garment workers called for a rise in the minimum wage to USD160. Bail hearings for the 23 are due to be held on Tuesday February 2014.

Update: 2 of the 23 workers were bailed on Friday. Read about what they have experienced here:

Join us: email the Cambodian Embassy in London now!

Labour Behind the Label welcomes the commitment of Primark to provide a further round of short term relief to the workers of Rana Plaza and joins them in calling on the other brands linked to Rana Plaza to make similar contributions.


  • The world’s leading retail labels commit to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh before the  midnight deadline.
  • The Accord now covers more than 1000 Bangladeshi garment factories. Implementation starts now!
  • GAP, Asda Walmart, Arcadia and Debenhams yet to sign.

A powerful alliance with leading unions IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union, the Clean Clothes Campaign and Worker Rights Consortium, supported by campaigns run by, among others, Avvaz, War on Want, and People and Planet have changed the rules of the game for workers in Bangladesh.

On 22nd April, join anti-sweatshop activists from around the world at Footlocker stores across Europe and the US to call on them to drop adidas from their stores until they pay ex-PT Kizone workers the $1.8million they are owed in unpaid severance. This will mark the beginning of a week of action in the UK that will ramp up the pressure on the UK’s biggest retailer of adidas footwear.

Actions are already planned across the country and more will be announced soon. Click on the dots on the map below to find out more about the action in your area.

Footlocker represents a key source of profit for Adidas internationally and, as one of Adidas’ biggest retailers, they could play a huge role in getting them to pay up, so we’re demanding they stand up and call on Adidas to ensure these workers are paid what they are owed.

Join the Footlocker International Day of Action on 22nd April, take action another day that week, or if you really love workers, every day that week.

If there isn't an action already listed then why not organise your own? Find out where your nearest Footlocker store is located, get a group of friends together and take action!  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it that you are organising an event and we'll send you an action pack and add your event to the map below.

And if you can't come along at all (or even if you can) then join us virtually by taking part in our Thunderclap action. This will help us get the message out by highlighting the campaign on hundreds of facebook and twitter pages, coinciding with the shop actions taking place on the 22nd April.

View Map of Footlocker Actions in a larger map

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:28

Tazreen fire: tell EWM to act

On November 24th 2012 112 garment workers were killed when fire ripped through their factory, Tazreen Fashions. Many of the workers jumped to their deaths trying to escape from the six story building, others, unable to escape the blaze, were burned alive. Up to 300 workers were hurt in the fire, 48 of which are suffering from long term injuries. These workers were employed by Tazreen Fashions to make clothing for a host of international brands, including C&A, Walmart and the British clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

 The Clean Clothes Campaign, along with trade unions and labour rights organisations in Bangladesh and around the world is calling for immediate action from international brands following yesterday's fire in Dhaka Bangladesh, which cost the lives over one hundred garment workers.

Garment workers alongside international brands and government representatives gave evidence at a tribunal which started in Bangalore today to assess claims of systematic human rights abuses in the Indian garment industry. 250 garment workers from Bangalore, Gurgaon and Tirupur attended the tribunal, foregoing their daily wage and attendance bonus, to share testimonies of rights abuses and exploitation at the hands of western brands, surveyed by a panel of international judges.


  • Clean Clothes Campaign calls on brands sourcing from Pakistan to undertake immediate reviews of their suppliers.
  • Ali Enterprises reportedly supplied the European market.
  • CCC warns that similar disasters could happen again if the root causes of these fires are not addressed urgently.

Information emerging from Pakistan today suggests that the Ali Enterprise factory in Karachi, which burned down on Tuesday killing over 300 workers, was supplying goods to the European market. The Clean Clothes Campaign is now calling on all brands and retailers sourcing from Karachi to undertake immediate reviews of all their suppliers.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:54

ACT NOW! Somyot verdict to be announced

On 19 September the Thai Criminal Court will announce the date of the verdict of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist in Thailand. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

We need your voice again, so let it be loud!  Tell the Thai Prime Minister: Release Somyot now!

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