TUC urges public to press high street brands on Bangladesh Accord
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the British public to back a new email campaign pressing major high street brands to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
While many big high street brands have signed up - over 80 including H&M, Zara, Primark and Next - there are some notable exceptions. The TUC campaign, Who's Hanging Their Workers Out To Dry, specifically references River Island, Matalan, Bench, Bank Fashion, Peacocks, Jane Norman, Republic and Mexx.
The Accord follows April's Rana Plaza disaster in which over 1200 people died. The agreement commits companies to fund an independent safety inspection body that will involve workers in the process, through their unions, and to make long term deals with suppliers, offering more secure employment and training for workers.
Consumers can sign up to the online campaign via the TUC's Going to Work website.