Chapter 8

The emperor's new clothes: whatcodes mean for workers in thegarment industry

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Linda Shaw and Angela Hale

BACKGROUND

During the past twenty years, the nature and context of international labour has changed dramatically. When Women Working Worldwide (WWW) was launched in 1985 little attention was paid to the labour conditions in international supply chains and there was a clear need for support mechanisms for women workers in globalized industries such as garments and footwear. WWW began a programme of awareness raising to draw attention to the ways in which global restructuring was bringing many young women into the labour force for the ...

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