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Blood, Sweat and T Shirts

Minne got me up at 5:30 so I thought I'd share with you this programme show on BBC3.

I don't know if the link will work but just google it and you can watch again.

Six youngsters with an interest in fashion from the Uk have been sent over to India to see just how all the stuff in our shops is made and believe me it's a bit of an eye opener. Most of them earn the princely sum of about 20p per hour and the working conditions are appalling. Now here's the rub. Do we boycott these goods and deprive them even of this paltry sum or just carry on. It's not only the cheapi shops that have their stuff made this way, most of the posh ones do too.

I found it very interesting and there are two more episodes to go.

Posted at 27th Apr 2008 - 06:30AM   Posted by Toady   Blood, Sweat and T Shirts Comments: 6

Blossomcottage's Avatar I read a very interesting article in The Big Issue about this, and although the money is poor ( undstatement) they weere keen for us to continue to buy the clothes because they say without the work things would be ten times worse. they said the conditions were in fact the major issue not the money and we in the Western World should continue to lobby the shops and business that use these workers to make sure the conditions impove.

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 27th Apr 2008 at 07:21AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Poverty is relative, yes wages are unbelievable small but then the cost of living is unbelievably low too in most cases.The question is do the wages meet the cost of living? I think it is very difficult to judge such an emotive issue as we are, inevitably, led by our own experiences of what one should expect from life but think what thier lives would be without any work. Providing the conditions are good and that pay is ok for local standards then perhaps we should let well alone. History has shown that one of the mistakes which we make in the western world is trying to change other peoples worlds to be like our own. You only need to look at some of the well intentioned but disatatoius consequnces of aid to the third world to see how much good intentions can upset the balance horribly and cause more problems than they solve.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 27th Apr 2008 at 07:44AM

Suffolkmum's Avatar I broadly agree with UPL, and haven't seen this, but from what Ive read it is the conidtions that are the problem - and the child labour issue. I think the raised awareness of this issue and the increasing no. of articles etc will hopefully help pile on the PR pressure for some of these global brands to re-think their strategies. Ever the optimist.

Posted by: Suffolkmum on 27th Apr 2008 at 11:24AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar It would be wodnerful to think PR pressure makes a differnce but I do find it disheartening that when I was a student we boycotted Nestle and campaigned against them and my nieces are still doing the same , almot 30 years later, so it seems nothing has changed.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 27th Apr 2008 at 11:45AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Tricky one. And as Un Peu says even if we did boycott would it actually change anything other than depriving the workers of their meager salary.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 27th Apr 2008 at 11:59AM

Jackofall's Avatar I think that you should boycott if you want to, while being aware at the same time that, unfortunately, it will not make a ha'p'orth of difference to what is happening, although you will be able to feel, rightly, morally justified; the trading will go on, the same conditions will still exist and their income will remain low, but they will still have it, regardless of the boycott, as was the case with Nestlé.

Posted by: Jackofall on 27th Apr 2008 at 05:45PM

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