Interview with Director of Natl. Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh - how cheap clothes harm workers

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1 May 2009

Why we need to pay more for Primark + be sure that it 'trickles down' to the workers [Bangladesh]

Author: Safia Minney,

Safia[Minney] talks to Mr Amin, Director of National Garment Workers Federation, who represents garment workers and campaigns for their rights about the grim realities of the real costs of fast fashion...Consumers need to be more aware of the terrible living and working conditions of garment factory workers in the developing world...if they were more aware...they would pressurise companies to make their trading practice humane. [refers to Tesco, Wal-Mart, Gap, H&M]

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29 April 2009

Made in Bangladesh: a tale of two workforces

Author: Fiona Sibley, Guardian [UK]

Jo Wood's [founder of Jo Wood Organics] trip to Bangladesh took in two diametrically opposed communities. The first destination was Swallows, a fair trade producer group located in Thanapara, a remote rural is a model of how fair trade garment production can work sustainably....In contrast, a few days later, Wood visited slum-dwellers in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, where she was faced with a more brutal way of life she describes as "survival of the fittest". [refers to People Tree, Primark, Tesco, Asda (part of Wal-Mart)]

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