From April 22nd to 29th the Fashion Revolution Week (FRW) 2023 will take place in Brussels. The campaign demands a more safe, just and transparent global fashion industry, and calls on the EU to legislate for binding due diligence obligations in the garment sector. The ongoing ECI can still be signed here: https://www.goodclothesfairpay.eu/sign.
From April 22nd to 29th the Fashion Revolution Week (FRW) 2023 will take place in Brussels. The campaign demands a more safe, just and transparent global fashion industry and it marks some important dates: this year, on the 24th of April, occurs the 10th anniversary of Rana Plaza, the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, where more than 1,100 people died and another 2,500 were injured during the collapse of a textile factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As every year, the FRW will remember Rana Plaza to commemorate victims, survivors and families affected by this tragedy as well as demand for safety and better condition of the fashion industry workers. During the same week, on April 28th, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will take place and will celebrate the ILO decision to include “a safe and healthy working environment” in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work.
The FRW will also promote the European Citizens’ Initiative Good Clothes, Fair Pay, launched in 2022 to demand for a living wage legislation across the garment, textile and footwear sector.
Fashion is one of the most unequal industries on the planet: while fashion brands make massive profits, the majority of textile and garment workers employed in fashion supply chain worldwide earn poverty wages and many suffer violations of human and labour rights as well as dreadful working conditions. The European Citizens’ Initiative Good Clothes Fair Pay calls on the EU to change this situation, by introducing a legislation that requires brands and retailers in the garment sector to conduct specific due diligence in their supply chain, to ensure workers’ fundamental right to living wages.
SOLIDAR, together with its members and partners, has been a long-standing advocate for safety and decent work condition for garment workers. Therefore, SOLIDAR supports the ECI Good Clothes, Fair Pay and keeps advocating for the adoption of an EU binding legislation on fashion companies, to ensure that fundamental rights for garment workers are respected.
The ECI is still ongoing and the deadline to reach the goal of 1 million signatures is approaching. Would you take part to this change?
You can sign now here: https://www.goodclothesfairpay.eu/sign
For more information about the ECI, please visit www.goodclothesfairpay.eu.
For more information about SOLIDAR advocacy work on decent work for garment workers, please see
2016, SOLIDAR at 105th ILO Conference – Global Value Chains: A binding Treaty is needed! https://www.solidar.org/en/news/solidar-at-105th-ilo-conference-global-value-chains-a-binding-treaty-is-needed
2017, A level playing field in the garment supply chains requires binding EU legislation https://www.solidar.org/en/news/a-level-playing-field-in-the-garment-supply-chains-requires-binding-eu-legislation
2022, Maquila workers in Central America - Falling off the boat in the coronavirus storm? https://www.solidar.org/system/downloads/attachments/000/001/124/original/MAQUILA_WORKERS_IN_CENTRAL_AMERICA_AND_THE_COVID-19.pdf