Dispatches: 'nothing modern about the exploitation behind internet shopping'

31 January 2017 - 11:15am
Press release

Responding to revelations of worker abuse at Boohoo.com uncovered by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want said:

"The Dispatches investigation reveals yet another case of workers on precarious contracts living under constant fear of losing future work. Precarious agency work, digital surveillance and low wages are a recipe for exploitation and abuse.

"With the ability to fire workers instantly, bosses hold all the cards: workers are seen as disposable and abuse goes unchecked. It’s time to end precarious contracts. There’s nothing modern about the exploitation behind internet shopping."  

 

Notes to editors

Independent: Boohoo employees risk being fired for smiling or checking the time, investigation reveals

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway +44 (0)7983 550 728

Latest news

Migrant and Precarious Workers are Winning Britain a Pay Rise!

17 October 2017 - 3:00pm

Migrant and precarious workers are winning Britain a pay rise. Migrant and precarious workers are leading the fights to get organised. They are tackling precarious work, outsourcing and privatisation, the real drivers of low pay and insecurity at work.  Despite facing stigmatisation by a media that too often blames them for low pay and insecurity at work, they are standing up for themselves and winning. Their struggles tell an important story about how Britain can win a pay rise: by standing with migrant workers and ending precarious contracts.

Read more

Open Democracy: EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

17 October 2017 - 11:30am

Thulsi Narayanasamy, War on Want's Senior International Programmes officer for Asia & the Pacific reports on how the EU's so-called trade concessions whitewash ongoing violations in Sri Lankan factories - as well as the profoundly unequal terms of global trade, which prevents meaningful development for the global South. 

Read more

Join the conversation

TOMORROW: stand with frontline defenders from #Colombia & #Brazil against #BHP & hear their stories #BHPAGM #Resisthttps://t.co/aARpto0Elf 3 hours 50 min ago
#modernslavery persists in the #UK & globally because politicians put corporate profits first #AntiSlaveryDayhttps://t.co/xasfEDbrIv 4 hours 12 min ago
#modernslavery persists in the #UK & globally because politicians corporate profits first #AntiSlaveryDayhttps://t.co/dqxCzwvOrK 6 hours 39 min ago