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Primark low wage shame, again

Jul 20

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20/07/2010 14:21  RssIcon

Primark and others found paying low wages in Asia


A recent investigation by Daily Mail journalist Liz Jones has revealed poor working conditions in factories in Bangladesh that produce clothes for Primark, H&M, Calvin Klein and Florence & Fred at Tesco.


The writer spoke to several garment workers who were paid wages below those necessary to cover the basic costs of living. They also faced intimidation or even sacking for engaging in strikes or supporting other workers in attempting to secure better wages.


The article asks you to sign People Tree's Humanity in Fashion petition today, for a minimum wage in Bangladesh of 5,000 taka (£46.82) per month.


The National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh has given the government until 27th July to treble the minimum wage. People Tree say that the government and big businesses need to hear how people are prepared to pay a little more to make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people.

The investigation took place in July 2010 and was reported on the Daily Mail website ( on 18th July.   


The article has since been removed from the Daily Mail website at the request of Primark who, according to People Tree, felt the headline was unfair. However both the writer and People Tree stand by the content of the article.





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