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Woman making Christmas jumpers for UK turns to sex work to pay bills

Story of garment worker’s ordeal in Bangladesh, where she works in a factory producing clothes for brands including Tesco, Matalan and Next, shines light on low factory wagesEvery night, Ruby Rafiq* lies awake on the cold, hard floor of her small room,…

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Bangladesh garment workers fighting for pay face brutal violence and threats

Workers describe hands and arms being targeted in ‘merciless’ beatings as protests over low wages turn increasingly violent in DhakaWhen Masuma Akhtar arrived at the garment factory where she works on the outskirts of Dhaka on 31 October, she was expec…

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Workers for fast fashion brands fear starvation as they fight for higher wages

Garment workers in Bangladesh making clothes for UK brands say plans to increase their pay to £76 a month is not enough to surviveGarment workers making clothes in Bangladesh for UK high-street brands say they are facing starvation and are having to st…

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Pakistani garment workers left destitute and starving after Missguided collapse

Fashion retailer’s suppliers in Pakistan have sacked hundreds without pay, as invoices for completed orders remain unpaidHundreds of garment workers in Pakistan making clothing for collapsed fast fashion brand Missguided say they have been left destitu…

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H&M pledges to end shopfloor sexual violence in India after worker killed

Landmark agreement to protect garment workers from violence follows last year’s murder of Jeyasre Kathiravel, a Dalit womanH&M has signed a legally binding agreement with one of its largest Indian clothing suppliers that pledges to end sexual viole…

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Indian supplier to UK fashion brands agrees to pay £3m in unpaid wages

Shahi Exports, which makes clothes for the UK high street, has agreed to pay staff minimum wage and arrearsIndia’s largest garment company has paid out an estimated £3m in unpaid wages to tens of thousands of workers, after two years of refusing to pay…

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‘Worst fashion wage theft’: workers go hungry as Indian suppliers to top UK brands refuse to pay minimum wage

Shortfall of 16p a day leaves children living on just rice as suppliers to Nike, Zara and H&M in Karnataka underpay by estimated £41mGarment workers making clothes for international brands in Karnataka, a major clothing production hub in India, say…

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