Garment Industry Protest in Bangalore
Even as international attention is increasing over the condition of workers in garment factories in developing countries, NGOs and workers in Bangalore are protesting against the conditions in the industry.

Is Primark as ethical as they say to be?

In response to media reports of terrible conditions in their supplier factories, Primark launched their “Ethical Primark” website, aimed at reassuring their consumers that they are an ethical company. When Shuma Sakar, a Bangladesh worker producing Primark clothes, and Shahida Begum from the the National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh went to visit Labour Behind the Label they gave their insights on Primark’s claims.

Meet the people that make your clothes
War on want presents a short factual video on how around the world, garment factories hum for up to 20 hours a day. Workers, most of them women, are bent over machines, cutting patterns and folding clothes for long hours in dismal conditions, and paid a fraction of a living wage for their troubles. In Bangladesh, men and women work in garment factories for 80-100 hours a week for 5p an hour, not earning enough to cover their basic expenses, let alone send money to the families they left behind in villages around the country.

Sweatshop labour in Bangladesh
The National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), a Bangladeshi trade union for garment worker and a War on Want partner organisation, is leading the struggle against sweatshop conditions in Bangladesh’s factories. In this video Amirul Haque Amin, President of the NGWF, discusses his groups fight for the rights of garment workers.

The Life of a Cambodian Garment Worker
A short film surrounding the young persons’ life as a garment worker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Where am I wearing?
Globalization makes it difficult to know much about the origin of the products we buy. Journalist Kelsey Timmerman visited each of the countries and the factories where his five favorite items of clothing were made, and met the workers.

The Hidden Face Behind Globalization

In the global economy, corporations demand enforceable laws – intellectual property and copyright laws – backed up by sanctions to protect their products. However, when we ask these same companies, “Can’t we also protect the rights of the 16-year-old who made the product?,” the companies respond: “No. That would be an impediment to free trade!” Young garment workers in Bangladesh share their experiences working for companies like Disney and Wal-Mart.

No Logo: Brands, Globalization & Resistance
No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike,The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles.


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