Labour Behind the Label report says high street retailers in UK failing to ensure living wage for workers in Asia

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7 October 2009

High street retailers accused of exploiting workers in Asia

Author: Huma Qureshi & Rebecca Smithers, Guardian [UK]

...The report, “Let's Clean Up Fashion: the State of Pay Behind the UK High Street”, published by sweatshop campaigning group Labour Behind the Label, criticised UK retailers for having "no coherent strategy" to ensure hundreds of thousands of workers receive a decent wage…The report surveyed 25 major high street brands and graded them between zero and five for their commitment to a living wage principle... [Includes statements by Arcardia Group, Asda (part of Wal-Mart), John Lewis, Levi Strauss, Sainsbury's, Tesco] [also refers to Burton (part of Arcadia), Dorothy Perkins (part of Arcadia), Evans (part of Arcadia), Gap, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Miss Selfridge (part of Arcadia), Next, New Look, Primark, Topman (part of Arcadia), Topshop (part of Arcadia), Wallis (part of Arcadia)]

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7 October 2009

[PDF] Let's Clean up Fashion 2009: The state of pay behind the UK high street

Author: Labour Behind the Label

...Since 2006, when ...first Clean Up Fashion Report was produced, the world has changed... In the last four years many of the biggest brands and retailers on the UK high street have publicly accepted that garment workers’ wages need to increase... However, few of the projects and plans developed in corporate offices in Europe or North America have had a tangible impact on the wages and lives of the men and women producing our clothes...[Ranking:] Nothing to say: Alexon, BHS, Ethel Austin, House of Fraser, Peacock Group…No Work to Speak Of: Asda/George, Clarks, Debenhams, French Connection, John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Levi Strauss & Co, Matalan, River Island, Sainsbury’s…One Cheer: Mention of work on living wages, but unconvincing so far: Arcadia Group, Aurora Fashions, Burberry, Tesco…Two Cheers: Work to increase wages, but not enough yet: Gap, Marks & Spencer, (M&S), Monsoon Accessorize, New Look, Next, Primark…The profiles in this report are based on information supplied to LBL by the companies themselves…Copies of the submissions and, where relevant, responses are available on our website or from the LBL office.

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