Bangladesh workers’ leader targets London Fashion Week
The leader of Bangladeshi garment workers, Amirul Haque Amin, is to address delegates at the TUC’s annual conference demanding a living wage for people making clothes for UK retailers.
Arriving in Britain ahead of London Fashion Week, Amin, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, will join forces with union campaigners battling to win a living wage for employees at British universities and further education colleges.
His visit coincides with the publication of a new report from charity War on Want which highlights the world’s only supplier producing clothes for a mainstream brand that pays workers a living wage – the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic.
The living wage at the former sweatshop, one hour from the capital Santo Domingo, has not just tackled poverty, but increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and boosted consumer support.
Amin commented: “The Rana Plaza disaster not only exposed unsafe conditions for workers turning out British stores’ clothes, but the pittance on which they struggle to survive.
“It is high time UK retail chains, and other companies sourcing from Bangladesh, matched ethical claims with action to lift their suppliers’ workers out of poverty.”
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