Foreign retailers cannot have their cake and eat it too
But who is to blame?
But who is to blame?
The collapse of the Rana Plana textile building in Bangladesh made us look at the label of our clothes and question the real meaning of terms like low cost or made in . The collapse in 2013 of this block of eight floors in which many of the garments that we have in the closet were made caused the death of 1134 people, about 2,500 wounded and shaken the pillars of the fashion industry. Almost five years later, initiatives to open our eyes continue to emerge. Continue reading “How can I know if my clothes are made with slave labor”
DHAKA (Reuters) – A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh killed six workers on Wednesday before it was extinguished, police said, renewing fears about safety in the multi-billion dollar industry.
Bangladesh’s garment sector, the world’s second biggest after China, drew worldwide scrutiny after more than 1,100 people were killed in the collapse of a factory complex in 2013 and 112 killed in a garment factory fire in 2012. Continue reading “Fire in Bangladesh textile factory kills six”
A woman is weaving between red fabrics in Plaza Callao in Madrid. At his feet, dummies lying on the floor. It is a human sculpture that represents the precariousness of the working conditions of the textile industry.
At the same time, the ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid’ (MBFWM) takes place at the Feria de Madrid (IFEMA), 40 minutes by metro and 20 minutes by car. It started this Thursday and is its 66th edition. There, the main fashion brands, in 47 fashion shows, will present until Tuesday their new collections for the Fall-Winter 2017 season. Continue reading “Dignitex claims over the other side of the story of fashion facing the Fashion Week Madrid”
Sign the petition for the European Commission at ww.dignitex.org
THE VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION DEMAND NEW LEGISLATION FOR THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY
The production chain of the textile industry leaves a trail of victims of exploitation in every stage of the manufacturing process: from the harvest of cotton in the hands of children in Uzbekistan, to the toxic dyeing of fabric in Bangladesh and the manufacturing of clothing under slavery conditions in Brazil.
The constant search for lower prices and shorter delivery dates results in exploitation, slavery or death for men, women and children. Textile multinationals such as H&M, Mango, Inditex or El Corte Inglés have often been reported for their employees working conditions. The companies repeatedly claim that responsibility ultimately lies in the hands of their outsourced
suppliers and current legislation sometimes excludes them from liability.
In April 2017, the European Parliament approved a report calling upon the European Commission to implement new, mandatory legislation ensuring that textile multinationals are responsible for all human rights violations in the manufacturing chain, and also in their subsidiaries and suppliers.
In solidarity with the victims of exploitation in the textile industry and in support of their fights, we believe this is a historical landmark to take steps towards a world where every worker´s rights are respected.
It is for this reason that we demand of the European Commission and our political representatives that they effectively implement the European Parliament´s petition and that a new binding legislation guaranteeing human rights in the textile industry´s production chain is introduced as soon as possible.
Bangladesh garment manufacturers have sacked at least 1,500 workers, police said Tuesday, after protests over pay led to a week-long shutdown at dozens of factories supplying top Western brands. Continue reading “Bangladesh factories sack 1,500 workers after protests”
Dozens of garment factories in Bangladesh shut down Thursday as a workers’ strike escalated, in a move that could hit supplies to top Western retailers during the busy holiday season.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) closed 55 factories in a suburb on the outskirts of Dhaka, association president Siddikur Rahman said, after police arrested at least seven people who were leading the strike. “Those (factories) will remain closed until the government says it is safe to reopen them,” Rahman told AFP.
Workers went on strike nine days ago to protest the firing of 121 colleagues and soon added a pay hike to their list of demands. The protest escalated earlier this week when police fired rubber pellets, injuring 10 demonstrators according to labour leader Taslima Akhter. Continue reading “Dozens of Bangladesh factories close as workers strike”