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No Sweat fails to stop Primark AGM

No Sweat, the campaign group for workers’ rights, has failed to stop Primark’s Annual General Meeting from taking place at the Trades Union Congress office in London.

No Sweat, which is planning a protest demonstration outside the TUC’s Congress House, where Primark parent company Associated British Foods will hold its AGM next week on December 5, urged its supporters to sign an online petition to prevent the meeting from taking place.

But the petition was rejected by the TUC this week. A spokeswoman for the TUC said: “The TUC rejects the call for it to cancel the commercial booking made by Associated British Foods to hold its AGM in the TUC’s conference facilities. ABF is a unionised company with good relations with UK unions.”

She added: “The TUC has a proud record of campaigning in the interest of vulnerable workers both in the UK and developing countries. But, as with the great majority of campaigners, we believe in constructive engagement with companies. We welcome ABF’s membership of the Ethical Trading Initiative and will use that opportunity to press any concerns that we have about Primark’s supply chain.”

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