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REPORT: IndustriALL leading the struggle for Bangladeshi garment workers

28 November, 2013The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is a historic breakthrough covering more than 2 million garment workers. Breaking from failed corporate-led social auditing of the past, under the Accord trade unions and multinational companies are working together to improve the precarious situation of garment workers in Bangladesh.

Indonesian textile workers reach agreement with Adidas

25 April, 2013On 24 April 2013 Adidas and Indonesia Coordinating Committee of PT Kizone Workers and their union, DPC SPTSK-SPSI, announced an agreement potentially ending a 2 year long dispute.

Blame for Rana Plaza runs far and wide

2 June, 2015Culpability for the Rana Plaza disaster, which killed more than 1,100 people and injured 2,500, is widespread, says IndustriALL Global Union as the owner of the factory complex and 41 other people have been charged with murder over the building’s collapse in Bangladesh two years ago. 

Agreement with H&M proves instrumental in resolving conflicts

7 January, 2016A global framework agreement (GFA) signed between IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish clothing company H&M has been an accelerator in reinstating sacked workers at garment factories in both Myanmar and Pakistan just a couple of months after it came into force.

Why transparency is key to transforming the fashion industry

24 April, 2019Six years after Rana Plaza, the deadliest disaster in the garment industry, independent and transparent fire and building inspections by the Bangladesh Accord have transformed the safety of thousands of garment factories in the country, writes Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary, IndustriALL Global Union.

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

24 April, 2019The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council called for the continuation of the Accord in Bangladesh in a demonstration today to mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Cambodian unions call on brands to ACT

9 April, 2019IndustriALL’s Cambodian affiliates have written to a number of global clothing brands that have not yet committed to the ACT process to tell them that by not doing so they are directly jeopardizing negotiations towards an industry agreement in the garment sector.

African unions condemn global trade in used clothes as it suffocates textile sector

7 June, 2018African countries export cotton to Asia where it is spun into yarn and made into fabric from which garments are made and sold to big brands in Europe and the USA. Charity and thrift shops then buy the clothes after they have been worn and discarded. On the bottom of the consumption chain are African countries that import bales of the used clothes, and even underwear, for sale in the thriving informal markets common on the continent.

More brands join ACT as progress continues

24 September, 2018IndustriALL has signed Memoranda of Understanding with PVH and zLabels, bringing the number of ACT member companies to 20.

First meeting in Kyrgyzstan with new textile affiliate

21 September, 2016IndustriALL Global Union and the newly affiliated, Textile Workers’ Union of Kyrgyzstan held their first ever meeting in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on 5 September.