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19 August 2019

UK: ASDA accused of pressuring workers to accept new 'punitive' contract requiring unpaid breaks and compulsory bank holiday shifts; Incl. co. comments

In August 2019, Asda was accused by workers of forcing them to accept a new contract, 'Contract 6'. The contract, which was previously voluntary increases wages to £9 an hour, and introduces unpaid breaks and compulsory bank holiday shifts. Staff can ...

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19 August 2019

UK: ASDA staff protest over conditions of new contract

Author: BBC News

"Asda staff in Leeds protest over new working contract", 14 August 2019...

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12 August 2019

Calls for major reforms to UK Modern Slavery Act & mandatory due diligence growing, Ethical Corporation reports

Author: Katherine Steiner-Dicks, Ethical Corporation

"‘We know most global companies have modern slavery in their supply chains’", 6 Aug 2019...

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6 August 2019

UK: Asda workers set to strike after supermarket allegedly forces workers to accept ‘punitive’ new contract or face termination

Author: Emma Munbodh, The Mirror

"Thousands of Asda workers told to sign "punitive" new contracts or face the sack", 5 August 2019...

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2 August 2019

Charity & police break up UK's largest modern slavery ring; victims worked in farms allegedly supplying UK retailers & supermarkets

In July 2019, the largest-ever modern slavery ring uncovered in the UK has been broken up following a three-year investigation into its activities. Investigators found some of its 400 victims worked for as little as 50p a day, working on farms, rubbish...

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3 July 2019

UK: Supermarkets making slow progress to end human suffering in global supply chains, acc. to Oxfam

Author: Oxfam GB

"UK supermarkets making slow progress to end human suffering in global supply chains", 3 July 2019...

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7 June 2019

Report: Major UK & global clothing brands are failing to deliver on living wage commitments to garment workers

In June 2019, Labour Behind the Label released 'Tailored Wages UK 2019: The state of pay in the global garment industry', which looked at 12 major UK brands in addition to 20 global brands - covering luxury, sportswear, fast fashion, and online retail...

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19 February 2019

UK: Equal pay claim brought by employees against supermarket Morrissons for allegedly discriminating against women

Author: Independent

"Morrisons faces Valentine's Day equal pay claim. A case of 'love me love equality'?" 16 Feb 2019...

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21 January 2019

Cambodia: Report on brick industry reveals use of garment fabrics to fuel kilns; some companies commit to investigate and take action

The Blood Bricks project looks into  modern slavery and debt bondage in the brick-making industry in Cambodia. In 2018, the labour ministry of Cambodia committed to investigate labour-related issues in the brick-making industry as a response to the...

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20 January 2019

Response by George at Asda

Author: George at Asda

George at Asda care about the  dignity of workers in global supply chains and require high standards from suppliers on both social and environmental issues. Although the allegations in the report do not address measures within our supply chain directly...

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