Press Release Archive

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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No more Rana Plaza we want Accord

Brands and Unions Have Three More Months to Agree on an International Binding Agreement for Garment Worker Safety

June 1, 2021

by Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium Global unions and negotiating signatory companies have announced that they agreed upon a three month extension of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to allow for more time to conclude negotiations on a…

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If the accord leaves we will be in a fear to have another Rana Plaza

Remaining Safety Hazards in Bangladeshi Factories Show That Apparel Brands Must Not Abandon Binding Safety Program

April 29, 2021

In the week of the World Day for Health and Safety at Work, the witness signatories to the Bangladesh Accord have published a report showing that deadly safety hazards remain at factories producing for major apparel brands and retailers. The Accord—the most successful safety program in the contemporary history of apparel supply chains—is set to…

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Garment workers in a crowd, many hands raised.

Report: Pandemic-Era Severance Theft at Garment Factories Exceeds Half a Billion Dollars

April 6, 2021

WRC Finds Violations in Supply Chains of Gap, Next, Walmart, and MoreFashion Brands Urged to Form Severance Guarantee Fund to Pay Fired Workers’ Stolen Earnings Tens of thousands of garment workers at factories producing for leading fashion brands, who were fired during the Covid-19 pandemic, are being denied terminal compensation, in violation of the law…

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Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region Warns Corporations Not to Trade their Human Rights Principles for Market Access

March 26, 2021

WORLDWIDE — As global fashion brands face commercial retaliation in China over their statements against the use of forced Uyghur labour, the advocates leading the campaign against forced labour in the Uyghur Region are calling on companies not to trade their human rights principles to hang onto commercial advantage.

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Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19

December 3, 2020

Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19 Leading apparel brands urged to avert destitution for workers who sew their clothes As a result of falling income and job loss amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, garment workers across the supply chains of major brands and retailers report growing hunger and food insecurity. These are the…

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Worker Rights Consortium Applauds US CBP Ban On XPCC Cotton as a “Body-Blow” to Apparel Brands Complicit in Forced Labor

December 2, 2020

+ Coalition allies filed a petition for a regional WRO on cotton products from China’s Xinjiang Region in August Washington, D.C.— Today, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will block imports of all products containing cotton produced by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), in response to widespread concerns over the use of…

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US House Votes to Ban Forced Labor Goods from Uyghur Region

September 22, 2020

Worker Rights Consortium— a member of Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region — Calls Congressional Action “A High-Decibel Wake Up Call for Apparel Brands Complicit in Forced Labor”

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Members of Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour Testify Before Congress

September 17, 2020

House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee holds hearing on imports from the Xinjiang Region Washington, D.C.— Today, three members of the 280+ groups that make up the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour testified before the House Ways & Means Committee. The Campaign for Uyghurs, the Worker Rights Consortium, and the AFL-CIO are part of a coalition calling…

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180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour

July 23, 2020

Today, 72 Uyghur rights groups are joined by over 100 civil society organisations and labour unions from around the world in calling on apparel brands and retailers to stop using forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Uyghur Region”), known to local people as East Turkistan, and end their complicity in the Chinese government’s…

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