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Sweatshop policy gains clout - School board allies with workers group - Can monitor where uniforms are made [Canada]

Author: Tess Kalinowski, Toronto Star, Published on: 10 February 2006

The Toronto Catholic school board has decided to put some teeth into a new policy requiring its uniform suppliers to guarantee that their garments aren't made in sweatshops. The board will join eight others in Ontario that have contracted with the U.S.-based non-profit Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to investigate complaints about apparel manufacturers... Some trustees were unwilling to alienate long-time uniform suppliers, such as R.J. McCarthy Ltd., which were concerned that the publication of their factory locations put them at a competitive disadvantage. But yesterday, company president Martin McCarthy downplayed the impact of the policy...

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