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12 Sep 2008

James Meikle, Guardian [UK]

Fashion chains lag over living wage, says report

[A Labour Behind the Label report says] [h]igh street fashion brands are making "glacial progress" towards ensuring overseas workers earn a living wage...[it] exposes…alleged sweatshop conditions, particularly among suppliers in Bangladesh and India…the report's author, Martin Hearson, says garment workers in other countries including Turkey and Morocco and in eastern Europe are also not getting a living wage…No brand surveyed is paying its workers a living wage…despite some being members of the Ethical Trading Initiative…[refers to Gap, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon Accessorize, New Look, Next, Sainsbury's, Asda (part of Wal-Mart), Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Tesco, Arcadia Group, Levi Strauss, Burberry (part of GUS), French Connection, Matalan, BHS, Peacocks]