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Sweatshops out of London

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All over the world, garment workers’ rights are systematically abused. Abuses of workers’ rights are not just a problem for universities, but the whole public and private sectors. This applies to London, our capital city too. Take the uniforms that public sector workers wear. Fire fighters, nurses and ambulance drivers wear uniforms made in countries in the Global South. Many of these workers will be mistreated. Boris Johnson can change that. The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) monitors the treatment of workers in garment factories. It educates workers about their rights and monitors factories on an ongoing basis to check those rights are upheld. In the past, the WRC has uncovered union busting, sexual abuse and poverty wages – and helped put a stop to it. The WRC is led by what workers actually say – not cover-ups by corporations. On 9th November, the Greater London Assembly will move a motion to affiliate the city to the WRC. San Francisco and Los Angeles have joined. Let’s make sure London joins too. We, the undersigned, call on Boris Johnson to sign up London to the Worker Rights Consortium.

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