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The fall-out from the phase-out

What Lies Ahead for the Garment Industry and Garment Workers?

Ethical Trading Forum: The Fallout from the Phase-outOn March 17, 2005 the Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) sponsored a public forum in Toronto on the impacts of the garment and textile import quota phase-out, which was followed by a civil society strategy meeting and a No Sweat campaign consultation on March 18th. Some of the presentations made at the Forum are available in PDF format below.


  • Darryl Knudsen, Project Manager, Global Partnerships, Gap Inc.
  • Neil Kearney, General Secretary, International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation
  • Monina Wong, Director-China Program, Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee
  • Peter Robinson, CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Simon Collins, Research Analyst, UNITE HERE
  • Ann Weston, Vice-President and Coordinator of Research, North-South Institute

List of Participating Organizations

Anglican Church of Canada
Calgary and District Labour Council
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Retailers Advancing Responsible Trade
Canadian Auto Workers
Coalition contre les ateliers de misère
Development and Peace
Fonds de solidarité FTQ
GAP Inc.
Gildan Activewear
Groupe Investissement Responsable
Halpern's Ltd.
Hampton Securities
Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee
Hudson's Bay Company
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Humber College
International Textile, Garment and Leather
Workers' Federation
Jantzi Research
Levi Strauss Canada
Maquila Solidarity Network
McMaster University
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Nike Inc.
No Sweat @ York - York University
No Sweat Coalition - Mount Allison University
No Sweat Manitoba
North-South Institute
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Ontario Management Board Secretariat
Ontario Ministry of Development and Trade
Ottawa & District Labour Council
Oxfam Canada
Oxfam Club - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Oxfam Club - Simon Fraser University
Oxfam Club - University of British Columbia
Public Education Research Group
Queen's Students Against Sweatshops - Queen's University
Regroupement pour la responsabilité sociale des enterprises
Rights and Democracy
Roots Canada
Ryerson Working Students' Centre
SCRUTÉ - Université de Montréal
Sears Canada
Seneca College
Sherbourne Health Centre
SoAct - Nipissing University
Steelworkers Humanity Fund
Students Against Sweatshops Initiative - University of Toronto
Students' Society - McGill University
Toronto & York District Labour Council
UNITE BC Joint Council
University of Toronto
United Steelworkers of America
Vancouver and District Labour Council
Verité Inc.
York University

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