Workers of factory making ‘Girl power’ charity T-shirts exploited

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

05-March-2019  |  2 mins read

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In yet another case of alleged exploitation of workers engaged in Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry, a recent report by the Guardian claimed that more than 100 workers involved in making ‘Girl power’ charity T-shirts sold in the United Kingdom, have been sacked following participation in the recent workers’ protest against alleged discrepancies in workers’ wage.

Machinists at the factory say they have been sacked en masse after striking over wages in January. They are among more than 7,500 employees at 27 factories in Bangladesh who have lost their jobs in recent weeks, according to union leaders, mentioned the report.

The report further added that the Guardian has established that the garments were made by Bangladeshi firm Dird Composite Textiles, where some workers earn as little as 42p an hour and complain of harassment.

In one case, a female employee was beaten on the orders of the management and threatened with murder.

The £28 garments are sold online by F=, which claims to be “all about inspiring and empowering girls,” with £10 from each T-shirt donated to Worldreader, a charity that supplies digital books to poverty-stricken children in Africa, maintained the report.

The report also said that after being contacted by the Guardian, F= stopped selling the T-shirts and Worldreader pledged to cease accepting donations “until the situation is resolved.”

It may be mentioned here that as per an earlier investigation by the Guardian newspaper, women workers of a Gazipur-based garment manufacturing unit, which was manufacturing T-shirts for the pop band aimed at raising money for a campaign by British charity Comic Relief championing gender justice, were found to be earning as little as 35 pence (45 cents) an hour aside from being subjected to long working hours of up to 16 hours a day besides insults and harassment.

The workers making T-shirts reportedly told the Guardian then that they were forced to work overtime, made to work despite poor health and verbally abused with insults.

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