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Update on Massive Minimum Wage Violation in Karnataka, India

December 2, 2021
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To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Ben Hensler Date: December 2, 2021 Re: Update on Massive Minimum Wage Violation in Karnataka, India This is an update on the massive wage theft that the WRC has identified in India by factories supplying at least one significant university licensee—Columbia Sportswear—and many other leading…

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Honeys Garment Industry Ltd.

December 1, 2021
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From August through November 2019, the Worker Rights Consortium (“WRC”) conducted an assessment of working conditions and labor practices at the Honeys Garment and Honeys Garment Industry Ltd. apparel factories in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Both factories are owned by Honeys Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Honeys Holdings”), a Japanese online retailer, and are located in Mingaladon Township,…

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Premium Apparel

August 24, 2021
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The WRC investigated and worked to remedy Premium Apparel’s unlawful, mass retaliatory firing of nearly 50 workers, nearly all of whom were union leaders and activists at factory. The dismissals occurred in July 2020 following a nonviolent protest in support of workers who were sent home without pay, after being called in to work on the promise of a day’s wage.

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Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the STUM Union, is released from prison, but the threat to trade unionists and workers in Myanmar remains high

December 1, 2021
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After six months of detainment in Myanmar’s notorious, Covid-ridden Insein prison,[1] Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the Solidarity Trade Union of Myanmar, was released and reunited with her family along with 5,000 other political prisoners on October 21, 2021. Among those released alongside Myo Myo were three workers from Xing Jia Footwear, whose only…

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Announcement: Special Election for WRC Board Seat

December 1, 2021
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To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Jessica Champagne Date: December 1, 2021 Re: Announcement: Special Election for WRC Board Seat We are writing to announce a special election for one University Caucus seat on the WRC Board of Directors and to invite nominations for this seat. The position has been vacated by…

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On Anniversary of Bangladesh’s Deadliest Garment Factory Fire, Worker Rights Consortium Urges Walmart and Other Laggard Retailers to Join Acclaimed Safety Program

November 24, 2021
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Two months after the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry went into effect in September 2021, 150 apparel brands and retailers had already signed this new binding agreement which expands the model pioneered by the Bangladesh Accord for protecting worker safety. The signatories include H&M, Zara, American Eagle Outfitters,…

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Bangladesh Accord expiration poses liability risk to apparel brands

August 19, 2021
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An analysis of existing and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation in relation to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, published today, shows that apparel brands will expose themselves to considerable liability risks if they fail to negotiate and sign a follow up agreement to this ground-breaking safety program, which will expire…

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NGO Signatories to Bangladesh Accord Welcome New Binding Worker Safety Agreement

August 25, 2021
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Labor rights groups say “every brand that values workers’ lives” will sign the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry Today, apparel brands and labor unions announced agreement on a new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, thereby preserving, extending, and expanding the model…

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Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan Unions Call for Health and Safety Protections for Garment Workers

August 31, 2021
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The Covid 19 pandemic has posed new health and safety risks for garment workers in factories around the world. In addition to the dangers workers already faced from excessive temperatures, unsafe machinery, and factory fires, workers now must also now contend with the spread of a potentially deadly respiratory virus in factories where, too often,…

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New call to action for protecting garment workers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

September 3, 2021
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