H&M Euro Clothing Company dismissals

(image via IndustriALL)

Please send the tweets below using the link provided and also copy and paste them onto h&m’s IG posts!

Click here for the tweet: ‘Hi @hm what was the point in you signing the global framework agreement with IndustriALL on freedom of association if your union workers at the Euro Clothing factory in India are being dismissed? What are you doing to protect them? http://www.industriall-union.org/gokaldas-exports-continues-union-busting-in-india’ 

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Click here for the tweet: ‘1200 of your unionised garment workers were fired from the Euro Clothing factory in India, during a pandemic. What are you doing to ensure workers are reinstated at the factory @hm?  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hm-garment-workers-factory-india-jobs-a9579856.html’

h&m IG: https://www.instagram.com/hm

Click here for the tweet: ‘1200 of your unionised garment workers were fired from the Euro Clothing factory in India, during a pandemic @hm . What are you doing to ensure the workers are reinstated at the factory? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hm-garment-workers-factory-india-jobs-a9579856.html’

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Boohoo COVID action

A harrowing report from Labour Behind the Label has exposed the dire working conditions and treatment garment workers producing clothes for Boohoo have faced during the pandemic. Just some of the shocking findings include:

  • Workers pressured to continue working during lockdown, due to continued orders.
  • Workers sick with COVID pressured to continue working, or face losing their job.
  • Workers wishing to isolate denied pay.
  • Workers forced to work in factories with no social distancing, PPE, or sanitising stations, and little attempt by Boohoo to ensure compliance with COVID guidelines.
  • Factories pressured to continue production or even increase production, to keep up with new orders.
  • Furlough fraud by factory management, denying workers their pay.

Workers have shared the disturbing treatment they’ve faced, including a pregnant worker who was told to leave work immediately and be put on statutory sick pay by doctors, but was denied any pay from the factory she worked for. This is illegal.

Garment workers are mostly from minority ethnic groups, and therefore more susceptible to abusive working conditions, due to their immigration status, English language skills, higher unemployment rates, and the government’s hostile environment policy that targets migrant workers, compelling workers to accept these conditions.

The treatment of their garment workers comes in contrast with the treatment its senior staff has received during the pandemic. Just recently, news broke out that Boohoo’s CEO, John Lyttle, is set to receive a £1.04m pay-out, while other senior executives will receive salary increases of up to 18-30%. The company itself is worth £4.6 billion, and their shares have increased by 22% under lockdown.

It is very clear that not only are Boohoo perfectly capable of paying and protecting their workers, but their whole business model is dependent on this brutal exploitation of their workers.

TAKE ACTION:

Collective action is key to supporting workers against corporate violence.

What you can do to demand Boohoo protect its workers:

Tell Boohoo to #GoTransparent with Labour Behind the Label’s petition

Tell brands incl. Boohoo to protect their workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with Labour Behind the Label’s petition

Email MPs – click here for a sample email, please adjust it to ensure it isn’t put into their junk mail 

Email Boohoo – click here for a sample email, please adjust it slightly to ensure it isn’t put into their junk mail

Tweet them – here are some sample tweets:

Click here for the tweet: Hi @boohoo , I’d like to know why your vulnerable garment workers were forced to work during lockdown, even those who were sick with COVID https://labourbehindthelabel.org/report-boohoo-covid-19-the-people-behind-the-profit/ 

Click here for the tweet: Hi @boohoo, why were you increasing orders at your factories during a pandemic, while providing no COVID protection for your workers? https://labourbehindthelabel.org/report-boohoo-covid-19-the-people-behind-the-profit/ 

Click here for the tweet: Why have your garment workers been pressured to work, despite showing COVID symptoms, and having vulnerable family members? @boohoo https://labourbehindthelabel.org/report-boohoo-covid-19-the-people-behind-the-profit/ 

Click here for the tweet: How can you show support for the NHS when you don’t even care for the wellbeing of your own workers @boohoo !? https://labourbehindthelabel.org/report-boohoo-covid-19-the-people-behind-the-profit/ 

Click here for the tweet: The irony of selling those social distancing t-shirts, while you do NOTHING to protect your own garment workers @boohoo https://labourbehindthelabel.org/report-boohoo-covid-19-the-people-behind-the-profit/ 

 

Boohoo email

To [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

Subject: Garment workers in Leicester factories subjected to unsafe working conditions during COVID-19 pandemic (something along these lines)

To whom it may concern,

I am writing in regards to a recent report released by Labour Behind the  Label, highlighting the poor working conditions garment workers in Leicester have faced while making clothes for the Boohoo Group, during the pandemic. Harrowing findings from the report include:

  • Workers pressured to continue working during lockdown, due to continued orders.
  • Workers sick with COVID pressured to continue working, or face losing their job.
  • Workers wishing to isolate denied pay.
  • Workers forced to work in factories with no social distancing, PPE, or sanitising stations, and little attempt by Boohoo to ensure compliance with COVID guidelines.
  • Factories pressured to continue production or even increase production, to keep up with new orders.
  • Furlough fraud by factory management, denying workers their pay.

I am horrified by the fact Boohoo has done little to nothing to protect its workers, and has willingly exacerbated health risks by increasing orders to factories during the pandemic. The Boohoo website speaks about the steps taken to protect employees,  and mentions warehouse workers, but there is no information regarding your garment workers. Please stop trying to hide what is happening in your factories and take steps to fix the conditions your workers are having to endure, and the serious risks they are being forced to take.

You sell charity t-shirts donating money to the NHS, but are simultaneously putting lives at risk, adding further pressure on the NHS to save lives. You have also sold a social distancing t-shirt, despite the fact you have done nothing to ensure your garment workers can socially distance while making your clothes.

The recent news of payouts to senior members further emphasises the clear lack of regard for your workers. There is no reason why a worker should be paid £2-£3 pounds an hour, working in unsafe conditions, while the CEO receives a £1.04 million pay-out, as the company reports a 44% growth in the first quarter of this year.

I would like to know what you will be doing to ensure your workers are now protected and paid their wages during the pandemic, especially with Leicester now in lockdown.

Kind regards,

Boohoo MP email

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Labour Behind the Label’s sample email here

Subject: Garment workers in Leicester factories subjected to unsafe working conditions during COVID-19 pandemic (something along these lines)

Hello. I am writing in regards to a recent report released by Labour Behind the  Label, highlighting the poor working conditions garment workers in Leicester have faced while making clothes for Boohoo, during the pandemic. Harrowing findings from the report include:

  • Workers pressured to continue working during lockdown, due to continued orders.
  • Workers sick with COVID pressured to continue working, or face losing their job.
  • Workers wishing to isolate denied pay.
  • Workers forced to work in factories with no social distancing, PPE, or sanitising stations, and little attempt by Boohoo to ensure compliance with COVID guidelines.
  • Factories pressured to continue production or even increase production, to keep up with new orders.
  • Furlough fraud by factory management, denying workers their pay.

It is very concerning to see that the government has taken very slow steps to address the ongoing exploitation of workers in the UK garment industry, despite the issue being repeatedly brought to its attention. In this current context, it is particularly shocking that the government and local authorities did nothing to ensure factories in Leicester were following government guidelines, with no spot inspections undertaken, and instead, reliance on companies and factories to self-regulate themselves. This inaction, alongside the government’s slow lockdown response and lack of regulation, has put workers at severe risk. Moreover, by continuing its cruel hostile environment policy, the government has  made it near impossible for the predominantly migrant labour force in the industry to speak out about their conditions, without fear of government backlash, due to their immigration status.

Ultimately, the government must recognise that the situation is not only the result of some unscrupulous suppliers, but is an inevitable outcome of the current fast fashion business model. Boohoo must be held accountable for their sourcing and purchasing practices, which incentivise and enable continued wage theft and unsafe working conditions. There must be regulation and severe consequences for brands who continue to depend on the systematic exploitation of its workers to make its profits.

There is no reason why a worker should be paid £2-£3 pounds an hour, working in unsafe conditions, while the CEO receives a £1.04m pay-out, sitting in the comfort of his own home.

I would like to know what you will be doing to ensure the following immediate demands from Labour Behind the Label are met:

  • All Boohoo sales and production must be suspended by the local authorities right away pending investigation into safety measures and reports of fraud at its supplier factories.
  • All workers affected – regardless of employment status should receive full pay while work is suspended.
  •  Boohoo’s purchasing practices and costing models must be scrutinised to assess if they enable suppliers to pay the minimum wage.
  • HSE inspections in Leicester garment factories must be undertaken to uncover unsafe working conditions. Indeed, the HSE must restart proactive inspections in all UK industries and occupations.
  • Leicester garment factories must be investigated immediately for wage theft, denial of benefits and modern slavery conditions – ensuring proper care and financial support is given to any victims of modern slavery.
  • The local authorities should create a special helpline in the city for workers with fast track furlough/full pay direct to workers.
  • The government should immediately suspend the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds” conditions on public health grounds for the duration of the outbreak, as recommended by the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
  • The UK government must ensure that there is mandatory regulation of safeguards for ensuring COVID-19 safety measures which include penalties for non-compliance.

Kind regards,

 

 

Black Lives Matter

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#TopFLOP

Yep. TopFLOP are STILL refusing to pay their factories what they are owed during this pandemic. This is WAGE THEFT.

They are essentially using the pandemic as an excuse to save money on labour costs – but this isn’t some tactical, business decision, this is LIFE or DEATH for the workers on the other side of these heartless decisions.

As a result, workers have been risking their lives protesting for their wages (during a pandemic!), wondering how to make ends meet when they were just about surviving on the poverty wages brands like Topshop paid them.

Please join us in demanding Topshop pay up – the more of us join our brothers and sisters in solidarity with their struggle, the more chances we have to push Topshop to pay the wages they owe. What you can do:

  • Send email – click here
  • Tweet Topshop
    •  Tweet 1 (“Hi @topshop I am very disappointed to hear you aren’t paying your suppliers for cancelled orders. By doing this, your workers cannot get paid, putting them at severe risk. Do the right thing and pay factories what they are owed!” )
    • Tweet 2 (“Hi @topshop why are you still refusing to pay factories for cancelled orders, when other brands have agreed to? Stop using COVID as an excuse to save profits, at the expense of workers lives. Do the right thing or I will no longer be a customer.”)
  • Comment on one of Topshop’s Insta posts asking them to #PayUp or you won’t be buying from them anymore
  • Respond to one of Topshop’s tweets telling them to #PayUp or you won’t be buying from them anymore

 

#TopFLOP needs to pay its workers!

#TopFLOP needs to pay its workers!

Topshop COVID email

To whom it may concern,

I am very concerned that Arcadia has refused to pay for cancelled orders and has imposed a 30% discount on orders already shipped. Your actions have led to suppliers struggling to pay their workers, who in turn, will struggle to find a means to survive during this pandemic.

I suggest you do the right thing, and pay your suppliers in full, in order to protect the workers making your clothes.

I would also like to know whether you will take the following steps, proposed by civil society organisations, to ensure your workers are protected:

– Ensure that supplier factories follow government requirements or recommendations regarding the suspension of large gatherings and close factories as necessary for the appropriate duration to protect the health of workers and their communities, while maintaining all workers’ contracts and payment of their full regular wages;

-Ensure that workers who are sent home because of a lack of work are compensated at their full regular wage;

-Ensure that workers who contract the virus, or suspect they have the virus, can take sick leave without negative repercussions and are compensated at their full regular wage during the period of recovery and self-isolation;

-Ensure that, when factories reopen, deadlines for orders are reassessed to prevent workers from working mandatory overtime to make up for delays; and

-Ensure that measures to fight the virus do not unduly restrict workers’ freedom of movement or their freedom to organize.

The full statement can be found at: https://laborrights.org/releases/brands-must-urgently-take-steps-minimize-impact-coronavirus-garment-workers’-health-and

Kind regards,