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Wages of 1.3 euros per day for 68 hours of work per week, without a contract, in an unhealthy environment, without basic rights such as sickness or union membership, in a regime of deprivation of liberty … That is still the murky labour scenario that tens of thousands of girls and teenagers face daily, many of them being only 15 years old, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to the southeast of the Asian colossus. All these young women, who represent 60% of the more than 400,000 workers in the sector, are employed in conditions that border on slavery by textile megafactories that supply their products to the big international fashion firms, among them the Spanish Zara and Bershka (Inditex ), El Corte Inglés, Cortefiel and Carrefour Spain.
The fashion industry gets a lot of flack these days. The excess, the overtly sexual advertising, the humanitarian issues, the waste, the lawsuits, the list goes on.
The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch “conscious collections“ and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains — fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. Here’s what they don’t want you to know: Continue reading “5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”
Zara, the main brand of the Inditex group, controlled by 60% by the billionaire Amancio Ortega, the third fortune in the world according to the Forbes Ranking, precarizes its productive force in Chile with poor working conditions.
The collapse of an eight-story factory building near Dhaka shows the urgent need to improve Bangladesh’s protections for worker health and safety, Human Rights Watch said today. Reforms should include a drastic overhaul of the government’s system of labor inspections and an end to government efforts to thwart the right of workers to unionize. Continue reading “Bangladesh: Tragedy Shows Urgency of Worker Protections”