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Primark update

Jan 12

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12/01/2009 15:00  RssIcon

What's happened since Panorama's allegations of child labour at Primark's Indian suppliers in June 2008.


Panorama’s investigative journalist Dan MacDougal broke the story after posing as a buyer.  He found Tamil children as young as nine and women homeworkers sewing sequins onto Primark garments in cramped, dark rooms for little pay and no job security.

Primark immediately denied all knowledge of these poor conditions and the use of children in their supply chain and sacked at least three suppliers for breach of trust. Local sources say hundreds lost their jobs. Primark refused to take responsibility or compensate those sacked. NGOs were outraged and the area was a media circus for weeks.

Read the full text of an exclusive Ethical Consumer article by Ewa Jasiewicz who visited Tirupur after the crisis had died down to assess the results of the Panorama campaign.






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