Over one hundred organisations, including trade unions, adopted a manifesto to end the sandblasting of jeans at the ‘Clean Clothes’ international forum in November. Jeans sandblasting causes silicosis, and 46 former sandblasting workers in Turkey alone have contracted an acute form of silicosis, prompting the Turkish government to ban the practise there. Activists are calling on brands to stop selling sandblasted jeans and are campaigning for pensions to be awarded to victims in both the formal and informal sector.
Find out what the workers have to say here. Read more and sign an online protest here.