A majority of shareholders at UK retailer Tesco decided to vote against a resolution for independent auditing of its clothing factories on Friday (29 June).

The resolution was put forward by shareholder Ben Birnberg, company secretary for the anti-poverty charity War on Want, which claims the supermarket sources clothes from Bangladeshi factories where clothes workers are paid five pence an hour.

War on Want said that 9.3% of shareholders voted for a resolution at Friday's AGM, which demanded supplier factories undergo independent auditing to ensure "decent pay and conditions for employees".

Shareholders including the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - which holds close to a million shares - supported the resolution.

Birnberg said: "The unprecedented level of shareholders who voted for the resolution or withheld backing for Tesco sends a clear signal that people want decent pay and conditions for workers in the supply chain."

Tesco was not immediately available for comment.