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Home Secretary Priti Patel facing garment factory calls

The Home Secretary is facing calls to introduce statutory licensing for garment factories to prevent abuse of workers. 

Priti Patel has been urged to take action in a letter from 90 top retailers, also signed by MPs, peers, investors and charities. 

Plea: Priti Patel has been urged to take action in a letter from 90 top retailers, also signed by MPs, peers, investors and charities

Plea: Priti Patel has been urged to take action in a letter from 90 top retailers, also signed by MPs, peers, investors and charities

Plea: Priti Patel has been urged to take action in a letter from 90 top retailers, also signed by MPs, peers, investors and charities

It comes after fashion outlet Boohoo was accused of using a garment factory where workers’ pay was below the minimum wage. 

Boohoo has itself called for tougher rules, saying it ‘wholeheartedly endorses’ calls for the ‘fit to trade’ scheme proposed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). 

BRC boss Helen Dickinson said the licensing proposals were a ‘critical step’ in efforts to help vulnerable employees.

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