What are the rights of workers in the textile sector?

What are the rights of workers in the textile sector?

Much is said about respecting the rights of workers in the textile sector, but do we know what those rights are? Decent working conditions are essential to establish an optimal and healthy work environment, although it is not the only aspect to be highlighted.

Resolution 217 A (III) of the General Assembly of the United Nations recognized in December 1948 the rights of workers as fundamental rights of all people. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 鈥渆veryone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment鈥 .

In addition, the UDHR states that "every person has the right, without any discrimination, to equal pay for equal work" and that "he has the right to fair and satisfactory remuneration, which ensures him, as well as his family, an existence in accordance with the human dignity, and which will be supplemented, if necessary, by any other means of social protection .

The theory is very nice but what about the practice? After the fatal accident of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in the town of Dhaka -Bangladesh- in 2013, where 1,127 people died and about 2,440 were injured, a large part of society began to become aware of the reality and movements such as Fashion Revolution , whose objectives are based on providing workers in the textile sector with those rights that were taken from them. It is about demanding from brands both training and decent working conditions for their workers, as well as information on the origin of their products, working conditions, production processes, and ultimately, transparency.

However, the Clean Clothes Campaign points out that the pillars on which the rights of workers in the textile sector are based are:

  1. 聽聽聽 Freedom to choose a job.
  2. 聽聽聽 Non-discrimination in employment.
  3. 聽聽聽 Absolute prohibition of child labor.
  4. 聽聽聽 Freedom of association and the collective right to strike.
  5. 聽聽聽 Living wage.
  6. 聽聽聽 Not doing overtime.
  7. 聽聽聽 Decent working conditions.
  8. 聽聽聽 Stable employment contract.

As a textile industry, at Capit谩n Denim we are aware of the impact we generate on the environment and therefore, from the beginning we have been clear about the responsibility that this entails, guaranteeing decent working conditions and respecting the rights of workers at the highest level.

Join us and defend the labor rights of workers in the textile sector so that incidents like the one at Rana Plaza do not happen again anywhere in the world!

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