Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops

We love fashion. But the clothes we buy in the UK come at a terrible cost. Millions of workers around the world, mainly women, suffer poverty wages and exploitation producing cheap fashion for our shops. This can't go on. We demand a fashion industry that respects workers' rights. Our government must act now to protect the people who make our clothes.

War on Want's research on the sweatshop conditions facing the workers who make our clothes has made front page news and attracted attention nationwide. Yet in spite of widespread awareness of the issue, it is not always clear what practical steps we can take to end sweatshop labour. Asking companies to regulate themselves hasn't worked. Boycotts have only led to further job losses.

Sustainable change can only be achieved through legally binding regulation that protects the rights of workers supplying the UK high street. We are demanding that the government regulate the business practices of UK retailers to ensure that overseas workers are guaranteed a living wage, decent safe working conditions and the right to join a trade union.

To get there, it is important we highlight how brands and retailers fail the workers who make our clothes - like the the 1,127 people, mainly female garment workers, who died in Bangladesh making clothes for the UK and high street - and hold them to account for their actions.

Ending the exploitation is a big job – change won't come overnight. But it's also a necessary one. Together we can end the injustice of sweatshops, and ensure the dignity of workers everywhere.

Take action to stop sweatshop exploitation:

  1. Order some action cards, stickers, posters and badges or our schools resources and get your family, colleagues and friends involved and help us gain more support
  2. Hold your own Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops stall / event / clothes-swap / club-night / fundraiser. Want tips on how to run a successful event in your area? Read our ideas and advice pages

Latest news

Byron Burgers slammed for '‘two-faced stitch-up'

28 July 2016 - 5:45pm

Responding to media reports of Byron Burgers' collusion with the the Home Office, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want, said:

““Byron Burgers should be ashamed of its two-faced behaviour. Byron has been all too happy to make money from migrant workers for years, but now betrays them in a stitch up with the Home Office.  

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Stand With Migrant Workers: #ShameOnByron

27 July 2016 - 4:45pm

EVENT DATE: Monday 1 August 2016 – 18:30pm

LOCATION:  Byron Holborn, 114 High Holborn, London WC1V 6JQ, United Kingdom

Last week,a Spanish newspaper reported how the Byron burger chain brought their migrant workers to special 'training' session across 15 Byron restaurants in London. When they arrived, immigration police were waiting for them and a reported 50 were arrested and deported. A further 150 managed to avoid deportation and are in hiding acording to the source. 

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