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Working Hours in the Fashion Industry

Alongside low pay, excessively long hours are a major concern for garment workers1. Indeed the two intersect, with workers agreeing to work overtime to boost poor wages in order to earn enough to live.

The fashion industry adds an extra dimension with the rise in recent years of faster turnaround times in production schedules and last-minute changes to orders. Keen not to lose contracts, suppliers pass these deadline pressures on to their workers2, expecting them to work overtime which should …

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