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. Take action now as part of our latest sweatshop campaign
  2. 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
  3. 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

No more fashion victims

Support safe working conditions and a living wage for Bangladesh sweatshop workers.

Latest news

Stand Together for Tax Justice

8 October 2015 - 12:00pm

The UK government is removing taxes from the richest in society and heaping pain on the poorest. George Osborne's attack on tax credits will cost up to £1,300 per family, while other welfare cuts are designed to make life ever more difficult for the most vulnerable in society. 

Read more

Three million people across Europe demand end to secret trade deals

7 October 2015 - 12:15am

A 3 million signature petition against TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, is being handed in to the European Commission in London and Brussels today.

Read more

Join the conversation

RT @CongaConflict: @WarOnWant Today Maxima Chaupe and Elmer Campos tell #WorldBank #IMF how their investment in Yanaocha has destroyed thei… 4 hours 51 min ago
PICKET:PERUVIAN EMBASSY FridayOct 9,12:30 #conganova @londonmining @_YLNM @Ollanta_UmalaT @worldbank @CongaConflict 4 hours 52 min ago
RT @alanwilliamz: What the Tory government are aiming for: zero tax regime where we pay for all services #TaxJustice 6 hours 33 min ago