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Clean Clothes - Information
Photo essay: How TN textile mills force girls into bonded labour to 'earn dowry'
The News Minute, Sep 2, 2017
The banned ‘Sumangali Scheme’ still thrives in Tamil Nadu, albeit under new names ... A recent report from ICN (Dec 2016) clearly states that in 351 out of 743 mills, Sumangali is still around. Moral policing, constant surveillance, gender segregation and lack of mobility are in fact offered as perks to families by brokers when they are trying sell employment in mills. »
Over 300 textile units in India enter agreement with Netherlands on fair wages, sustainable environment
The Times of India, Aug 10, 2017
Under the initiative of the government of Netherlands, a huge importer of fabrics and also a champion of labour and environment issues, over 300 textile and garment units in India have agreed transition to production practices that ensure safety and well-being of workers and protection of the environment. »
Responsible garment production a step closer
SER, Jul 4, 2017
The textile industry has established a basis for responsible garment manufacturing in the longer term. For the first time ever, businesses as a group will state which factories produce their clothing. They have also drawn up specific improvement plans to tackle poor working conditions, human rights and environmental and animal abuses. »
Dutch sustainable sourcing pact maps suppliers
Just-Style.com, Jul 5, 2017
A Dutch agreement on international responsible business conduct in the global garment and textile sector, says it is a step closer to responsible garment production after revealing participating businesses will state which factories produce their clothing for the first time. »
‘Locals have become too aware of their rights’: Why Bengaluru garment factories are hiring migrants
scroll.in, May 9, 2017
The fashion industry’s requirements for cheaper and faster labour have prompted companies to focus on rural India. »
For Bengaluru’s garment hub workers, the minimum wage is actually the maximum wage
scroll.in, Apr 19, 2017
From April 2016 to January 2017, apparel exports grew by 4.5%. But the narrative that the cost of labour is squeezing the industry is a constant refrain. »
The Bengaluru garment workers who stitched your branded clothes have probably still not been paid
scroll.in, Apr 18, 2017
Small strikes over unpaid wages continue to erupt in garment hub that saw massive protests last year. »
10,000 signatures for living wage handed over to Minister Ploumen
press release CCC/ICN, Feb 16, 2017
Thousands of Dutch consumers want Minister Ploumen [of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation] to provide a living wage for garment workers. Through a petition of CCC and ICN 10,734 Dutch people call on Ploumen to do so. »
Indian textile firms fail to investigate abuse complaints - activists
Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb 2, 2017
Women facing sexual harassment in India's garment industry have no place to turn as textile companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, activists said on Thursday. Big textile companies are legally required to form committees to look into sexual harassment complaints but the vast majority haven't done so, according to campaigners. »
Branded Childhood: Garment brands contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropouts in Bangladesh
press release Stop Child Labour, Jan 24, 2017
These are important findings of the report Branded Childhood published by Stop Child Labour and SOMO. Almost 50% of the textiles produced in Bangladesh are exported to the European Union. International brands and retailers should therefore play a key role in ensuring that the rights of all workers and their children are respected. »
No Sexual Harassment - The fight against sexual violence at work
ICN, Jan 16, 2017
Brochure of the India Committee of the Netherlands and Mondiaal FNV on sexual violence at work. Published on the occasion of a meeting of international experts - mainly women - from Bangladesh, India, Argentina, Tanzania, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Netherlands. »
The warp and weft of exploitation
The Hindu, Jan 8, 2017
Women lured by the Sumangali scheme to work in textile mills endure harassment, exploitation and even sexual abuse. The recently-released Fabric of Slavery report of the ICN gives expression to the exploitation in the mills through facts and percentages. The report, based on a study in 743 spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, says: “Young women workers face intimidation, sexually coloured remarks and harassment, which they can hardly escape.” »
Fabric of Slavery: Large-scale child slavery in Indian spinning mills making yarn for international garment brands
press release ICN, Dec 21, 2016
New research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market. »
Forced Labour in the Textile and Garment Sector in Tamil Nadu, South India - Strategies for Redress
Corporate Accountability Research, Dec 2016
Report about the grievances of young women, predominantly from disadvantaged Dalit communities, who are recruited from remote rural villages to work in textile mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu. Research refers to ICN and SOMO reports. »
Garment workers of Karnataka, TN not getting even ‘living wage’: study
The Hindu BusinessLine, Oct 4, 2016
More than one-third of workers, a majority of them women, in some factories in South India that produce clothing for Dutch brands, such as C&A, Coolcat, G-Star, McGregor, MEXX, Scotch & Soda, Suitsupply, The Sting and WE Fashion, are not being paid the official minimum wage leave alone a ‘living’ wage, says a new study, Doing Dutch. »
Dutch companies producing garments in India often pay less than minimum wage
press release Clean Clothes Campaign/ICN, Sep 27, 2016
The working conditions in factories in India that produce for Dutch clothing brands are downright bad. No garment worker earns a living wage. More than one third of the workers not even gets the official minimum wage. »
European deal on textile industry sustainability
fibre2fashion.com, Jul 5, 2016
The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting the values of international trade and sustainable supply chains, signed the Statement of Support for the Dutch Garment and Textiles agreement on Monday. »
75 signatures endorse Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector agreement
SER, Jul 4, 2016
This morning, 55 businesses, their representative organisations VGT, Modint and INretail, Solidaridad, UNICEF Netherlands, the India Committee of the Netherlands, the Stop Child Labour Coalition, Four Paws Netherlands, Dutch trade unions FNV and CNV and the National Government of the Netherlands signed the Agreement on a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector. »
India: Eliminating violence against women at work
Sisters for Change, Jun 28, 2016
A new report released on 25 June by Sisters For Change and Munnade has found that 1 in 7 women workers in garment factories in Bangalore has been forced either to commit a sexual act or to have sexual intercourse and 1 in 14 has experienced physical violence in the workplace. »
Clean Clothes - Advocacy
An open letter to the European Commission: transparency in the garment supply chain
Poor working conditions and workers’ rights violations are a distinguishing feature of the garment industry. Indeed, over the last decades they have been a pervasive part of this industry’s operations across the globe. In addition, the garment industry is characterized by complex and opaque chains of production and responsibility that include many actors at different levels playing a role in production. The lack of public data on the garment supply chain has been a strong barrier to the improvement of working conditions and to securing respect for human rights.
Labour Behind The Label, Apr 24, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on clothing brands that contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropout in Bangladesh
Feb 16, 2017
Motion members Servaes (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
requesting the government to prepare 'legislation aimed at combating forced labour and modern slavery'
Jan 25, 2017
Motion members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) en Servaes (Labour Party)
on the relationship of low wages, child labour and school dropouts in the garment industry of Bangladesh, in response to the report Branded Childhood
Jan 25, 2017
Written questions European Parliament
Subject: Slavery in Indian factories
Jan 18, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party)
(subm. Dec 28, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Jan 16, 2017
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Grashoff (GreenLeft)
(subm. Oct 5, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on starvation wages and extremely poor working conditions at Indian suppliers to Dutch clothing brands
Oct 26, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Oct 3, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exploitation of Indian workers by Dutch garment companies
Oct 26, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary questions by Member Gesthuizen (Socialist Party)
(subm. Sep 29, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the fact that Dutch companies are having garments produced in India below the minimum wage
Oct 26, 2016