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By Liesbeth Sluiter

The fresh outfits crusade is a world circulation that goals to enhance the wages and stipulations of sweatshop employees. this can be the tale in their struggle.

Large outlets corresponding to Tesco, Walmart and Carrefour trap consumers in with costs that appear too reliable to be real. This booklet indicates that they are too sturdy to be reasonable. All alongside the industry's provide chain, staff, frequently young ones, are exploited via poverty wages, unpaid extra time and cruel anti-union measures. The crusade urges these answerable for the garment industry's offer traces to guard their staff and deal with them fairly.

This dynamic account of direct engagement via involved shoppers is a needs to learn for those who see globalisation another way and need their purchasing offerings to aid the main susceptible humans serious about the garments industry.

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It must cause frictions, operating from here in countries like that. EF: It is a given. We have to be modest about what we can achieve elsewhere; I sometimes feel that we Dutch want to cover the rest of the world with a blanket of our standards and values. But before we do that, we’ve interfered in other ways … EF: We must also realise that we still have much to do at home. 72 2 Destination Elsewhere In the middle of the 1990s, the pace of relocation of the western garment industry to low-wage countries in the Third World accelerated.

But the gap is huge, and we also need to move forward; it’s up to them to catch up. What you are saying supports the idea that it’s especially the large companies that need to work together to achieve decent wages and working conditions. EF: But the players in the field differ enormously! Take the very large companies that position themselves as discounters on the European market. The goods enter Rotterdam harbour vacuum-packed. When you unpack them, suddenly you have an awful lot for awfully little money.

In many countries garment industry jobs are sought after, but of course I’ve seen often enough that they do not qualify as good employment. Can the company help suppliers to comply with C&A’s conditions for social responsibility? FH: Violations of overtime standards are a big problem. We tell our buyers to plan orders in such a way that a supplier is not forced to do all the work in a few weeks. This is not just an ethical issue – everybody benefits by it. Can C&A also contribute to suppliers’ compliance through pricing?

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