The Labour Behind The Label Trust

Fighting for garment workers' rights

To ensure that the garment workers affected by the pandemic are payed what they are owed and treated with the respect they deserve. To hold brands and retailers accountable for their treatment of garment workers during the pandemic.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1159356)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£12,000

Donations

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Championed by Human Rights Fund

    Categories

  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Millions of garment workers in the global garment supply chain have not been paid their full wages or have lost their jobs without adequate financial compensation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers are owed between $3.2 and $5.8 Billion (USD) for the first three months of the pandemic alone, by conservative estimates. Workers have been forced to work whilst ill and have said the pandemic is one hundred times worse than the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, where 1134 workers lost their lives.

Solution

We are campaigning for brands to take meaningful action to reduce the long-term vulnerabilities that garment workers face. Through brand engagement, policy recommendations and public campaigning, we are already putting pressure on brands, but more needs to be done.

  • Covid-19 makes our work more dangerous, because we don't have regular testing and social distancing at all... I'm afraid to get infected, but I have no choice.

    — An Indonesian garment worker

  • The factory management is very hostile to its workers. Last year, they sacked more than 500 workers in the name of order cancellations. However, most of the sacked workers were elderly like me and were involved with a workers' union.

    — A Bangladeshi garment worker

  • When Covid-19 hit the industry, some workers got dismissed or laid off, I am lucky that I didn't. However, the production target keeps rising while the number of workers decreases (where there were 20 garment workers before, now there are 17).

    — A Cambodian garment worker

  • My elderly parents and siblings are totally dependent on my income. If I lose my job due to fever, my family will be destitute.

    — A Bangladeshi garment worker