Goal 2 - Join the Worker Rights Consortium
By getting your university to join the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), you can make a huge difference to the lives of factory workers producing garments for your university.
Our vision is of a world where workers everywhere can unionise, get paid a living wage, work in safety, and live with dignity in gainful employment. We want to ensure that no company can get away with anything less than these standards. No more will companies be able to leave one factory for cheaper labour in another, because a global movement will stop them from doing so. The Worker Rights Consortium is one step towards achieving this. Get your university to join today.
The WRC is an independent monitoring organisation that supports workers in the garment industry in defending their workplace rights. In 2009, students in the People & Planet network voted to make campaigning for WRC affiliations a key priority. Students on more than 50 campuses are currently campaigning for their university to affiliate. So far, there are 220 students’ unions, 181 colleges and universities and 2 cities affiliated to the WRC.
In this section, you can find out about the history of the Worker Rights Consortium, its successes, what the WRC does and why we recommend it, some frequently asked questions by university managers and details of how to affiliate.
The presentation below gives a quick account of the history, methods and services of the Worker Rights Consortium. It’s designed as a presentation students can give to university managers and sabbatical officers. You can use it for anything. You can also find similar presentations on a range of subjects on our education page.
What is the Worker Rights Consortium?
There are lots of creative ways to get your university affiliated to the Worker Rights Consortium. Start a petition, lobby your university, pass motions through your students’ union, keep raising awareness and join the campaign for justice.