Garments & Textiles

According to the Financial Post garment manufacturing has become the world’s third-biggest industrial industry and one of the most labour intensive industries, directly employing at least 60 million people (ILO 2015). Human rights violations in the garment industry include forced and child labour, repression and discrimination, and unsafe, dirty and unfair working conditions. Employees may face might face excessive hours, forced overtime, lack of job security, denial of trade union rights, poor health, exhaustion, and denial of other basic human rights when on the job. In addition, the legal minimum wage in most garment producing countries is rarely enough for a worker to live on.

Image: Sweatshop project by marissaorton, posted on flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2023
16 January 2023

This year’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends provides a comprehensive assessment of current decent work deficits and how these have been exacerbated by multiple, overlapping crises in recent years. It analyses global patterns, regional differences and outcomes across groups...

Wage Theft and Pandemic Profits: The Right to a Living Wage for Garment Workers
11 March 2021

As stores closed around the world in response to COVID-19 lockdowns in early 2020, fashion brands and retailers sought to minimize their losses, shifting the financial burden of the disruption to the bottom of their supply chain. Cancelled orders, delayed...

Modern Slavery Act: Five Years of Reporting
01 February 2021

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) was established nearly six years ago and was hailed as a landmark piece of legislation. Its aim was to encourage business to take action to eradicate modern slavery from its operations and supply...

Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking
25 January 2021

40.3 million people – around 1 in every 185 people alive – experienced modern slavery or forced labour in 2016. States have committed to take immediate and effective measures to end modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking by 2030,...

Child Marriage and Other Harmful Practices
01 December 2020

This study looks at the different forms that child marriage takes in South Asia and further looks at how these variations in child marriage practices are linked to other harmful practices. The study acknowledges that child marriage takes place in...

Parallel societies: slavery, exploitation and criminal subculture in Leicester
01 August 2020

COVID-19 has put under the spotlight the fast fashion industry in Leicester East, and its exploitation of thousands of (mostly immigrant) workers. Exploitation that ranges from unsafe working conditions through to slavery; from staff being paid below the minimum wage...

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