Justice for Bangladesh Garment Workers

Justice for Bangladesh Garment Workers

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As shops shut and countries went into lockdown, fashion brands cancelled billions of pounds of clothing lines. Bangladesh Manufacturers Export Association (BGMEA) estimates around £3billion of orders already placed by fashion brands have been recalled. In the last month more than 25,000 workers have lost their jobs. This could rise to 500,000 in the next six months. “We all saw the pictures of queues at fashion stores last week. These are the same companies that abandoned their workers.”
 
Many workers are forced to work 14-16 hours a day in unsafe, cramped and hazardous conditions. For years organisations have been trying to improve this and now major fashion companies are intensifying this issue. The fate of 4.1 million garment workers are in the hands of western fashion brands. Unless we act now these workers will be left on the brink of starvation and homelessness as this humanitarian crisis unfolds in Bangladesh.
 
Major celebrities are also complicit in this work epidemic, Kylie Jenner for example who is refusing to pay her Bangladesh garment workers. This is blatant proof of the disgusting power these people have, they are using their workers like dolls and dropping them when they are no longer convenient to them. This cannot go on and we cannot allow them to get away with this. Kylie Jenner is not the only one, the scale of this issue applies to a huge list of companies, many of whom you may shop at without even realising the damage being caused.
 
We demand that apparel companies and celebrities ensure all workers in their supply chains are compensated for their unpaid wages and horrific, inhumane treatment during and before the COVID19 crisis. Brands should also promise payment of a price premium on future orders, which will go into a fund to provide stronger social protections for workers. This will ensure garment workers receive a fair living wage, decent working conditions and that women workers receive the same treatment as men. Whilst also spreading awareness to workers of their labour rights and promote a democratic and progressive society.

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