A growing company well known with all of us is Primark, a ‘successful’ business that are expanding its presence across the whole of UK. Primark is one of several companies that use unfair labour in forms of sweatshop labour overseas, the business keeps growing at the demand among the majority of us for cheap clothes, shoes and accessories.
It has been highlighted in the news that Primark uses unfair labour, even child labour, to cut down production cost, to meet the markets requirement, which is, in this case, cheaper is good. Think about it, would you have bought your look-alike converse and fleece pyjamas for five times as much as the current price?
The media is a powerful tool in these cases, and ‘every time’ a sweatshop collapses in Bangladesh or child labor get revealed in China, pictures like this
pops up, the majority of the population raise questions about workers rights and human inequality, one week later the pictures are forgotten (workers rights does not really concern us anymore) and the shop is again filled up with impatient, stressed peoples.
The issue in this case is again, as emphasised in other blog post, that sweatshop workers are the losers and big companies like Primark are the winners. But what is the alternative?
As Oxfam’s ethical trade manager Rachel Wilshaw explain about the usage of unethical labour: the alternative for these workers are at this point in the global economy worse. She also highlights that child work is not that common now, and working conditions are improving.
SO? The workers are working in an environment that is considering the surroundings, okay, because the alternative is joblessness?
Ain’t we lucky, Mari Myrenget.