There is a lot of talk 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, "everyone has the right to work, to the free choice of their work, to just and satisfactory conditions of work and to protection against unemployment."
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 a fair and satisfactory remuneration that assures him, as well as his family, an existence in accordance with the human dignity, and that it will be completed, if necessary, by any other means of social protection. "
The theory is very beautiful but what about the practice? After the fatal accident of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013, where 1,127 people died and nearly 2,440 were injured, a large part of society began to become aware of the reality and movements like Fashion Revolution, whose objectives are based on providing textile workers with those rights that were taken from them. The aim is to demand from trademarks 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:
- Freedom to choose a job.
- Non-discrimination in employment.
- Absolute prohibition of child labor.
- Freedom of association and the collective right to strike.
- Worthy salary.
- Not performing overtime.
- Decent work conditions.
- Stable labor contract.
As a textile industry, at Capitán Denim we are aware of the impact we generate on the environment and, therefore, from the beginning we have been clear about the responsibility it entails, guaranteeing decent working conditions and respecting workers' rights at the highest level. Join us and defend the labor rights of textile workers so that incidents like the Rana Plaza do not happen anywhere in the world!
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