MPs have urged the government to set up an adjudicator to stamp about abuses in the UK fashion supply chain – after hearing evidence of underpayment of wages and poor conditions.

The Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said voluntary initiatives by the sector had failed to produce improvements.

Introducing a garment trade adjudicator to police the industry could help stop breaches of labour market regulation in the industry, the committee said.

Thousands working in slave-like conditions in Leicester

The MPs have been taking evidence on abuses among domestic and global supply chains used by British retailers.

EAC chairman Philip Dunne said: “The committee has been shocked by revelations over the last three years of labour market exploitation, under our very noses, in certain quarters of the UK’s garment industry.

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