War on Want in Bangladesh


of the six factories covered by our research
do not even pay their workers the legal
minimum wage in Bangladesh, let alone
a living wage that would allow them to meet
their basic needs. Two thirds of the workers
we spoke to work over 60 hours
a week producing goods for the sportswear
brands, again breaching Bangladeshi labour
law. Many suffer abuse in the workplace,
including sexual harassment and beatings.
War on Want has long worked in partnership
with garment workers in Bangladesh,
supporting their struggles while mounting
high-profile public campaigns for decency
and respect in the supply chains of British
retailers. Through organising in the workplace,
Bangladeshi trade unions like our partner the
National Garment Workers’ Federation have
won significant improvements in their pay and
conditions – including an 80% increase in the
minimum wage for the lowest paid garment
workers in 2010.

So, they got the law passed to raise the minimum wage but no fucker\’s paying the minimum wage because economics.

The pioint of all that gladhanding of politicians was thus what?

4 thoughts on “War on Want in Bangladesh”

  1. Why hasn’t someone set up the “fair trade trainer company”? Pay your workers this “living wage”, sell the product at a premium in the west with the whole consumer feelgood thing. There’s surely enough people out there who would embed enough value in the product to pay a higher price for it if they felt they were being nice to the people making it. In fact given the outrageous amounts of money these fashion trainers sell for, you could probably undercut the evil capitalists.

    But that would be much harder than getting lots of free business-class travel to Crapistan and the right to write about your moral superiority.

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