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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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Sweeping Minimum Wage Violations in Karnataka, India

October 14, 2021
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To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Ben Hensler Date: October 14, 2021 Re: Sweeping Minimum Wage Violations in Karnataka, India The WRC has identified a case of systemic wage theft in India, involving at least one significant university licensee—Columbia Sportswear—and many other leading apparel brands. We are engaging with brands to seek…

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Shahi Exports

April 28, 2010
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An investigation by the WRC in early 2010 determined that, with the tacit acceptance of top US and European apparel brands and retailers, Indian garment manufacturers failed to pay workers in Bangalore over US$10 million in legally mandated wages. The minimum wage was raised in March 2009, the first increase in seven years, but factory operators throughout the area simply refused to comply. For nearly a year, export apparel factories in Bangalore, which has approximately 780 factories, refused to pay the legal minimum wage to their lowest-paid workers.

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11 Licensees Sign New Safety Accord

October 8, 2021
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To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova, Liana Foxvog, and Ben Hensler Date: October 8, 2021 Re: 11 Licensees Sign New Safety Accord We are glad to report that 11 university licensees have now signed the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry. We shared an overview of…

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Industrias Florenzi

April 6, 2021
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Industrias Florenzi dismissed workers in groups, throughout the winter and spring of 2020, finally ceasing operations in July. The factory failed to pay 210 workers the terminal compensation to which they are legally entitled: Under Salvadoran law, the factory owes the former employees unpaid wages, severance, and unpaid vacation and bonuses, as well as money…

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WRC Issues Guidance to Licensees on New Wage and Hour Compliance Risks in El Salvador

September 23, 2021
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To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Ben Hensler Date: September 23, 2021 Re: WRC Issues Guidance to Licensees on New Wage and Hour Compliance Risks in El Salvador At the beginning of this month, the WRC issued guidance to university licensees concerning several wage and hour compliance risks that have recently…

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$1.3 Million Wage Theft from Salvadoran Workers Who Made Disney/ABC-licensed Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs for Barco Uniforms

June 2, 2021
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One year after the factory closed, workers are still owed an estimated $1.3 million The Industrias Florenzi factory in San Salvador, El Salvador, dismissed its 210 workers in the first half of 2020, finally ceasing operations in July. One year later, however, workers still have not been paid the $1.3 million in terminal compensation which…

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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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Premium Apparel

August 24, 2021
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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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Sweatshops Won’t Help the World’s Poor, but Unions Could

September 15, 2021
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