While H&M is gearing up for the end-of-the-year shopping season and activists, workers around the globe are joining hands to demand better living wages and fair employment conditions against the Swedish fast-fashion giant.
A recent protest by garment workers in Sri Lanka against working conditions in factories producing H&M garments took place on November 27. Dabindu Collective organized the protest.
The protesters asserted that the Hidramani Factory in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, is failing to provide workers with living wages. The factory produces H&M garments and the protest was one of many against the fast-fashion giant.
The protest was peaceful; however, Dabindu Collective reportedly said that the protesting workers were threatened by the factory management. Global Labor Justice stated in a report earlier this year many factories producing H&M garments saw worker abuse and unacceptable conditions.
H&M lists 235 factories in India amongst its suppliers and the Guardian reported in June that both India and Sri Lanka factories that supply H&M clothing had witness accounts of physical abuse as punishment for not meeting targets. At the time, H&M replied that it would look into the matter.
H&M already started focusing on sustainability in its campaigns. Therefore, workers in India and Sri Lanka hope that this will mean a living wage.