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

Rana Plaza four years on: 'Everything has changed. We know we should not be afraid at work'

24 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Too often the voices of women garment workers in Bangladesh are marginalised or dismissed, yet women garment workers are far from hapless victims. They continue to fight every day to improve working conditions for themselves and each other. They also have a clear analysis of the problem: international brands are responsible for their exploitation, it is they who benefit from it.

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Combatting arbitrary detention from the UK to Palestine

20 April 2017 - 11:15am

Event date: 8 May 2017 - 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Location: SOAS (room tba), 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Cost: FREE event but registration required (no exceptions)

Join us for an evening of education, discussion and movement building with organisations working to combat the use of arbitrary detention, both in occupied Palestine and in the UK.

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Photo exhibition platforming voices of women garment workers.Important perspective as opposed to talking about ethi… https://t.co/7UZhP8jBlh 5 hours 20 min ago
War on Want,Rainbow Collective talking about how garment workers in Bangladesh are waging resistance and making cha… https://t.co/DHmIhFr2rG 5 hours 24 min ago
Full house @ Women are the Resistance event -just screened 'Sramik Awaaz: worker voices' being shown in 23 differen… https://t.co/jthUUDAXON 5 hours 51 min ago