Report slams major brands for failing on commitments to freedom of association

A new report by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre examines the role of trade unions and alternative representative structures across six major garment-producing countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

It reveals how brands and their suppliers are relying on ineffective representation structures as an alternative to union engagement – undermining freedom of association and collective bargaining, depleting trade unions’ ability to build their membership and represent workers, and creating a vicious cycle of poor working conditions in the sector.

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Rapid decline in workers’ rights globally

Each year, the ITUC Global Rights Index rates countries depending on their compliance with collective labour rights and documents the violations of internationally recognised rights by governments and employers. In

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