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I think that a boycott in this particular case of Primark who apparently source their garments in this way won’t achieve anything, apart from harming the poor and vulnerable workers used to produce them.

Surely, the moral imperative is to encourage Primark to adopt a ‘fair trade’ policy and only source their products from manufacturers who operate a safe workplace and pay a living wage to their workers.

I remember as a child the ‘sweat shops’ in the East End of London (my Sister worked in one) producing cheap clothing, furniture and anything which could be sold quickly and cheaply. Eventually, the Factories Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 drove most of them out of business or quicker turnaround of shipping made it cheaper to make them overseas using cheaper labour and without the worker protection legislation here.

One evil replaced by another.

by UKViewer on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 8:15 am. #

One commentator on Radio 4 this morning reported that there are 4 million deaths caused annually by similar workplace tragedies, most of which are unreported in the UK as they are not considered to be of interest (e.g. if they occur in former French colonies instead of British ones).
This is an appalling total, and it needs a global effort to stem this tide, perhaps through the efforts of international trade organisations.

by Ruth on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 12:25 pm. #

Thank you for this post! Personally, I haven’t shopped in Primark for years, and I try to think carefully and critically about where I’m prepared to spend my money.

One of my big passions is fair trade and I work in an independent fair trade shop, Just, in Leicester. We stock some great fair trade clothes from a number of different suppliers – great ethical fashion is out there, provided you’re prepared to look for it and pay a fair price.

There’s also a really thought-provoking book, Overdressed: The shockingly high price of cheap fashion, by Elizabeth Cline which should be a must-read for anyone interested in ethical clothing issues.

by Louise on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 12:53 pm. #

Thank you for this post! Personally, I haven’t shopped in Primark for years, and I try to think carefully and critically about where I’m prepared to spend my money.

One of my big passions is fair trade and I work in an independent fair trade shop, Just, in Leicester. We stock some great fair trade clothes from a number of different suppliers – great ethical fashion is out there, provided you’re prepared to look for it and pay a fair price.

by Louise on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 12:54 pm. #

You all need to check your facts first. Primark has the best programme of auditing it suppliers and even their suppliers of any high street store ensuring no child labour, at least min wages paid, crèches provided for working mums etc. cost of a shops cloths does not equal how they look after their responsibilities

by Chris on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 2:13 pm. #


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