Find the manufacturing defect

Mass Fainting
Since June 2010, in Cambodia alone, there have been over 100 cases of collective fainting in factories, during which more than 6,000 workers fainted. This is because wages do not enable workers to buy sufficiently nutritious food.
Many workers are dependent on overtime pay to supplement their low wages and factory managers typically pressure employees into working 10 to 12 hours a day, sometimes 16 to 18 hours a day, with overtime increasing as order deadlines approach. Despite government regulations, a seven-day working week is very common during peak periods.
A dilapidated room of 3 x 5 m in size, no running water, no toilet, that is the type of housing shared by four workers in the clothing industry. During the day, mattresses are rolled up to make more space.
In Cambodia, a worker testifies, "My salary does not cover the basic needs of my family, I had to borrow money from my landlord. I owe him 50 and 10 USD in interest each month. In general, I can only pay the 10 USD interest but cannot repay the loan. If I get sick I will not have money for treatment."
5:30am, dozens of young workers are crammed into a truck to travel to the garment factory. On 16 September 2014, there was another traffic accident in Svay Rieng. 47 workers and the driver were injured.

Living Wage Defect: It's time to pay a living wage to all garment workers

Those horrible situations are linked to one big problem : the garment workers who make our clothes cannot live decently on their work. In the majority of the cases, they do not even earn 50 % of a living wage. So THAT’s the manufacturing defect on almost all our clothes.

Let’s remind to brands that they are responsible  for the implementation of a living wage for garment workers in their supply chains!

Symbolically send them back a garment of your choice due to its "living wage defect" and sign the Call for a living wage.

149 251 People signed this call for a Living Wage

149 251 people call for a Living Wage

149 251 people signed the petition for a Living Wage and by that they were telling fashion brands and policy makers to make sure a living wage is paid to garment workers. Because a living wage is a human right!

At the 13th of October 2015 the Clean Clothes Campaign handed over a collection of 149 251 signatures to representatives of fashion brands - H&M, Inditex (Zara), New Look, Tchibo, C&A, Arcadia Group, Lola & Liza, Penland, Topshop Topman, JBC and Stanley and Stella - and to Klaus Rudischhauser, representative of the European Commission.

A number of companies have committed to paying a living wage in the future. Others have taken the first steps to ensure that workers’ rights are protected throughout their supply chain. But the Clean Clothes Campaign will not rest till a Living Wage for garment workers is reality.

Thanks to all supporters of the petition for a Living Wage!

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