Use your consumer power!
Nearly 6000 persons have already used their consumer power and signed the petition – “A wage to live on”. Do you also think that garment workers in Bangladesh should have a wage to live on? Sign the petition!
This petition is a joint initiative by several Nordic organizations. Its aim is to spread information about the situation of garment workers in Bangladesh, and raise engagement among consumers. Clothing companies and the Government of Bangladesh can improve the situation, but they needs to be put under pressure. You now have the chance to send them a message!
The garment industry is the backbone of the Bangladeshi economy. Without it, 3 million workers will lose their income. Boycott is not the solution if you want to make a positive impact. Rather tell the brands what you think, because they are responsible for the low wages and the long working hours which contribute to breaches of human rights. And they have the power to change the situation.
· 8 out of 10 in the garment industry in Bangladesh are women. They live on the poverty line in slum areas.
· Many work 10-12 hours a day six days a week. An average wage is 28-38 euros per month.
· Female garment workers cannot afford menstrual pads.
· Full-time working parents cannot afford to give their children proper food and education.
· In June, thousands of workers have demonstrated for higher wages. The authorities call them “troublemakers”.
· Brands who buy from Bangladesh and who can make a difference are Brothers & Sisters, Dressman, GAP, Gina Tricot, H&M, Ikea, JC, KappAhl, Levi’s, Lindex, Marks&Spencer, MQ, Nike, Tesco, Walmart and Åhléns.
The petition will be shared with the brands, the Swedish government and the Government of Bangladesh in May 2013.
You can find more information in the report A lost revolution and the video https://vimeo.com/41438258
ORGANIZATIONS BEHIND THE PETITION
Swedwatch, Finnwatch, Peace&Love Foundation, Fair Trade Center, The Church of Sweden, Pro Ethical Trade Finland (Eetti ry), Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland SASK.