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No minimum wage, no sick pay, no maternity leave, no redundancy pay, forced overtime, no health and safety checks: this is the story of women around the world working to supply British supermarkets and retailers – the story told by Oxfam International in the report Trading Away Our Rights. It is the story of how retailers are using their power in supply chains systematically to push many of the costs and risks of business on to producers, who in turn pass them on to working women. The benefits of flexibility for companies at the top of the chain have come at the price of precarious employment for those at the bottom.

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