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bristol | globalisation | news report Wednesday September 12, 2012 17:33 by Anna McMullen anna at labourbehindthelabel dot org
Sweatshop labour is an ongoing issue that you will have read about. But in Cambodia a new development has started to occur in the sweatshop labour story. Hundreds of female garment workers have been fainting en mass in factories in Cambodian which supply clothes to European retailers because they haven't had enough to eat, and are overworked. This is the shocking consequence of the fact that they are paid poverty wages.
Bristol based Labour Behind the Label are going to be launching a campaign to tell H&M, Gap, Zara and Levis (Cambodia's major buyers) that this has to stop - see below for details of protest actions in Broadmead on Tuesday (18th).
Over 80% of Cambodian garment workers are women, aged 18-35, with a majority being under 25. Many are married with children, or have sick families to support in the provinces. Families and children are a main consideration for these women when worrying about their wage. Many have to make daily choices between feeding themselves and educating their kids - a catch 22 which has led to workers not eating enough and taking on long overtime shifts to make up the deficit in their wage packets. The basic wages they are paid simply aren't enough.
Shop Actions - Tuesday 18th September, 2012
On Tuesday 18th September, Labour Behind the Label are holding shop actions in H&M stores in Bristol and London, where activists will 'mass faint' to raise awareness of worker faintings in Cambodia. If you'd like to join in, follow the links.
Bristol, 1630, meet by bike racks opposite H&M on Union Street: on.fb.me/UKov0x
Contact anna (at) labourbehindthelabel.org for more info.