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18 May 2009

[PDF] New report reveals the down-side of flexible labour [UK & Ireland]

Author: Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR)

Migrant workers fill many agency, seasonal and temporary jobs in the UK and Ireland. But, according to a new report published this week by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), they remain vulnerable to very low pay, over-long...

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17 May 2009

ABF poised to act over Primark suppliers

Author: Andrea Felsted, Financial Times

Primark is expected this week to step up efforts to ensure clothes are sourced more ethically at the discount fashion chain after allegations over its supply network. Paul Lister, company secretary at Associated British Foods which owns the chain,...

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1 May 2009

UK, Ireland: ECCR report on vulnerability of migrant workers to exploitation – compares policies & practices of 9 firms

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Vulnerable Migrant Workers: The Responsibility of Business

Author: Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR)

ECCR is concerned about the extent to which migrant workers are vulnerable to exploitation, denied workplace rights and insecure in employment…Companies and investors have a responsibility to reduce the incidence of vulnerable work throughout the...

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21 April 2009

Tesco, Primark ‘poverty profits’ attacked

Author: War on Want

Leading British retailers Tesco and Primark…are accused of cashing in on the recession with cheap fashion sales by exploiting overseas garment workers. The accusation comes as…Tesco announced record £3 billion full-year profits and Primark's owner,...

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4 April 2009

Models stage 'sweatshop' protest [UK]

Author: BBC News [UK]

…Campaign group No Sweat staged the protest outside Primark's [part of Associated British Foods] flagship store urging "decent working conditions and a living wage" for garment workers… Mick Duncan, the secretary of No Sweat…said: "We don't want them...

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8 March 2009

Cheap, cheerful and ethical? Primark says it can be done

Author: Ian Johnston, Independent [UK]

Primark is a retailer that divides the nation. To many, it is a shoppers' paradise of amazing bargains. For others, the cut-price clothing chain represents fast fashion, exploitation and capitalism at its worst. Embarrassed by a BBC exposé in January...

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11 January 2009

Primark in storm over conditions at UK supplier

Author: Dan McDougall, Observer [UK]

Primark [part of Associated British Foods] was at the centre of a storm last night over allegations that illegal immigrants paid just over half the minimum wage had been employed to make...knitwear for one of the firm's... ranges...[A]n investigation ...

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5 December 2008

Retailers accused of ignoring Bangladeshi workers' plight

Author: Matthew Taylor, Guardian [UK]

Workers producing clothes in Bangladesh for some of the UK's biggest retailers are being forced to work up to 80 hours a week for as little as 7p an hour, according to a report published today. The study from War on Want claims that conditions in six...

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5 December 2008

[PDF] Primark response to Fashion Victims II, Friday 5th December 2008

Author: Primark

…Primark [part of Associated British Foods] is constantly reviewing and working on improvements to the working conditions of the people in its supply chain. We have an extensive auditing programme, supplier training programme and work with other third...

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