Issues

published 14-11-2012 12:25, last modified 29-04-2013 12:11
What is going on in the international supply chain of fashion? In many countries, a job in a factory producing clothing for the fashion industry is a sought-after position. But garment workers across the world face a daily grind of excessive hours, forced overtime, lack of job security, poverty wages, denial of trade union rights, poor health, exhaustion, sexual harassment and hazardous working places. Even in factories which on the surface look clean and modern, workers are often deprived of their internationally-recognised basic rights. Learn more about the conditions workers face here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does the CCC do? Where can I buy clean clothes? What should a company do? Please find the most commonly asked questions here.

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Wages: a living wage and severance pay

Wages: a living wage and severance pay
01-10-2013 17:12

If they think these wages are enough, they should try to live on them for a month and then decide whether they’re OK. • Pakistani factory worker, 18

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Working hours and overtime: 96-hour workweeks

Working hours and overtime: 96-hour workweeks
29-04-2013 11:38

We work overtime every day. During peak season, we work until 2 or 3 am. Although we’re exhausted, we have no choice. We cannot refuse overtime: our basic wages are just too low. • Phan, 22 describing his employment situation in a Thai factory

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Unions: The Right to Organise and work together

Unions: The Right to Organise and work together
29-04-2013 11:39

Workers are not allowed to form a union or any other organisation. Management has warned them that if anyone tries to organise workers and form a union they would be handed over to the police. • A factory worker from Bangladesh

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Health and Safety: Getting sick and risking lives

Health and Safety: Getting sick and risking lives
29-04-2013 11:40

It was terrible; suddenly the entire floor filled up with fire and smoke and the heat was so intense that we rushed towards the windows, broke the steel grills and the glass and jumped out. • Mohammad, 32, survivor of a factory fire in Pakistan

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Gender: Women workers mistreated

Gender: Women workers mistreated
29-04-2013 12:24

Women can be made to dance like puppets, but men cannot be abused in the same way. The owners do not care if we ask for something, but demands raised by the men must be given some consideration. So they do not employ male workers • Female, Bangladeshi factory worker

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Migrants: Workers on the move

Migrants: Workers on the move
29-04-2013 11:41

They took us to the airport and left us there for three days. We couldn’t travel, because we didn’t have tickets. Armed gunmen, who we were told were from the armed forces, threatened us. We feared we would be shot if we continued to protest. We were then rounded up in a camp. • Factory worker in Mauritius

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International Laws: Guidelines to resolve disputes

International Laws: Guidelines to resolve disputes
29-04-2013 11:41

A number of international and intergovernmental guidelines have been developed in recent years in an attempt to regulate how brands do business and the impact their business practices have on local communities. Although these guidelines are voluntary, there are several mechanisms in place that address violations of international rules and regulations.

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Brands: What companies (should) do

Brands: What companies (should) do
29-04-2013 17:29

The CCC believes that brands should be responsible for the working conditions in their factories and thus must ensure that working conditions in their supply chains are decent and resolve problems when they arise. Brands must respect internationally recognised norms as established by the ILO and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Archive: Urgent Appeals 2005-2011

Archive: Urgent Appeals 2005-2011

On this page you can find a selection of closed Urgent Appeal cases of the period 2005-2011. More cases can be found in our archive: archive.cleanclothes.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Bangladesh Safety Accord
13-03-2014 14:07

A collection of FAQs about the Accord of Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

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Gender policy statement

Gender policy statement
29-04-2013 18:45

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is committed to improving the lives and working conditions of all workers in the global garment and sportswear industry, the vast majority of whom are women. In promoting workers’ rights, the CCC is committed to challenging the gender inequality and sex discrimination faced by garment workers.

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