Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.
DUBLIN, Ireland — Primark will make another compensation payment to victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, the discount clothing chain said on Thursday, calling on other international brands to follow suit.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Six months ago, when 1,127 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.
In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.
GENEVA, Switzerland — Primark, the budget fashion chain owned by Associated British Foods Plc, will pay all victims of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh more short-term financial aid after talks today with other brands fell short of a more permanent resolution advocated by unions.
GENEVA, Switzerland — A meeting of retailers, labor unions and non-governmental organizations starts today in Geneva to discuss compensation for those killed and injured in two factory disasters in Bangladesh.
In response to the continuing injustices suffered by garment workers globally, tougher regulations and more stringent factory audits are not enough, says Rob Broggi, CEO and founding partner of Industrial Revolution II, a new kind of garment factory founded on the principles of socially responsible manufacturing.
SAVAR, Bangladesh — When Spanish garment maker David Mayor arrived in Bangladesh a decade ago the fashion label he set up had the motto "clothing with a heart." In an industry notorious for harsh working conditions he said he wanted to show it was possible to run an ethical business in which workers were trained well and treated with respect.