Press Release Archive

Worker Rights Consortium and Worker Representatives Secure $1 Million Humanitarian Contribution from Barco Uniforms to Address Unpaid Severance at Closed Supplier Factory in El Salvador

December 23, 2021

The Worker Rights Consortium is pleased to report that Southern California-based Barco Uniforms, Inc. has made a humanitarian contribution of more than $1 million to the 200 former employees of Barco’s former supplier, the Industrias Florenzi factory in El Salvador. The purpose of this contribution is to successfully resolve the issue of unpaid severance benefits…

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El Consorcio de Derechos del Trabajador (WRC) y representantes de las trabajadoras(es) obtuvieron una contribución humanitaria de US$1 millón de Barco Uniforms para encarar las indemnizaciones pendientes debido al cierre de su fábrica proveedora en El Salvador

December 23, 2021

23 de diciembre de 2021 Al Consorcio de Derechos del Trabajador (WRC por sus siglas en inglés) le complace informar que la empresa Barco Uniforms, Inc., con sede en el sur del estado de California, Estados Unidos, ha realizado una contribución humanitaria de más de US$1 millón a aproximadamente 200 extrabajadoras(es) de la fábrica Industrias…

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Heartless at Heart and Mind: Cheated of severance, Thai workers who sewed kids’ clothes for El Corte Inglés struggle to feed and house their own children

December 17, 2021

Denial of legally due severance inflicts many hardships on garment workers. Due to chronically low wages across major apparel brands’ supply chains, weak social safety nets in the countries where they choose to produce clothes, and poor enforcement of local labor laws, most garment workers entered the Covid-19 pandemic with no margin of economic security.…

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Sin corazón en Heart and Mind (Corazón y Mente): Robado de su pago de indemnización, trabajadoras y trabajadores tailandeses que cosían ropa infantil para El Corte Inglés luchan por alimentar y proveer vivienda a sus propios hijos e hijas

December 17, 2021

17 de diciembre del 2021 | COMUNICADO DE PRENSA — La denegación de la indemnización legalmente debida ocasiona muchas dificultades a los y las trabajadoras de la confección. Debido a los salarios que son crónicamente bajos en las cadenas de suministro de las principales marcas de ropa, las débiles redes de seguridad social en los países donde estas marcas eligen producir ropa…

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Coalition Calls Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act a Defeat for Corporations Complicit in Forced Labor and a Huge Victory for Uyghur Human Rights

December 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. — On the passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region released the following statement: We applaud the House and Senate for passing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, despite opposition from many of the nation’s most powerful corporations. By sharply constraining corporate complicity in forced…

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Worker Rights Consortium Urges Apparel Brands to Join International Safety Accord on Anniversary of Deadly Factory Fire

December 13, 2021

Since the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry went into effect in September, 155 apparel brands and retailers have signed this new binding agreement which expands the model pioneered by the Bangladesh Accord for protecting worker safety. The signatories include many of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers.…

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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

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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NGO Signatories to Bangladesh Accord Welcome New Binding Worker Safety Agreement

August 25, 2021

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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Bangladesh Accord expiration poses liability risk to apparel brands

August 19, 2021

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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Garment Workers Face Mounting Forced Labor Risks

June 21, 2021

1000+ Interviews Reveal Destructive Brand Practices Contributed to Unpaid Earnings, Threats and Abuse, Skyrocketing Debt, and a Dangerous Lack of PPE New research by the University of Sheffield and the Worker Rights Consortium finds that declining income and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains amid the Covid-19 pandemic has increased workers’ vulnerability to…

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