20 September 2007 | Antony Barton
Many overseas workers who supply UK retailers continue to receive less than a living wage, according to a UK pressure group.
A report from Labour Behind the Label, which campaigns for improved working conditions in garment factories across the world, surveyed a range of high-street names a year after it first examined what they were doing to improve wages for workers.
The Let's Clean Up Fashion report claims "very little has changed for workers over the past 12 months", but recognises that some in the industry are making improvements.
The report commends Gap for building positive relationships with trade unions and non-governmental organisations, dealing quickly and effectively with problems in factories when they emerge, and taking a lead on building cross-sector work.
Among its positive points about Next, it says: "On freedom of association, Next is one of the few retailers to take our point about worker training and the need for collaboration with local unions."
Gap and Next both declined to provide a comment to Supplymanagement.com.