Home / Knowledge / News / Millions of workers in fashion sector become little more than slave - ITGLWF
Millions of workers in fashion sector become little more than slave - ITGLWF
02
Oct '09
Speaking at the University of Pavia in Italy at the launch of the audio version of Glockers by Silvana Cappuccio, Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation said that fashion comes at a huge cost to those who produce the goods, resulting in insecurity, harsh treatment, long working hours, low pay and abuse.

Said Mr. Kearney: “Millions of workers in the fashion industry have become little more than slaves. Most are women and most are young, some very young. Armies of children, some as young as four years old, work long hours often only for a meager ration of food. Many, in countries like India, have been bought for a few Euros from their parents or have been kidnapped and then trafficked into slavery far from home.

“A recent survey in India suggests that a quarter of all garment factories are employing under-age labour. Most of the production is for export to Europe. Shame on those fashion houses, fashion brands and fashion retailers who drive this slavery. And shame on those consumers who buy these products without questioning how they were made and how they can be sold so cheaply when so much labour is involved.

“Recent research in Bangladesh shows the incidence of tuberculosis among garment workers is double that of the population as a whole. No wonder when large numbers work in humid, overcrowded conditions for long hours and with little food. TB is inevitable with this lethal cocktail of exhaustion, malnutrition and unsanitary conditions. Again, the brands and retailers who continue to source garments from such an environment must bear much of the blame for the damage they cause these workers, their families and communities.

“In efforts to drive down wages even further, workers are increasingly being shipped from one country to another to turn out garments for export. Italian manufacturers have closed their factories in Italy and shifted production to Romania where wages are a quarter of those here. But, Romanian workers unsatisfied with such low wages and the way they have been treated have moved west in search of better paid work, often as cleaners and domestics leaving the local textile, garment and shoe industries short of labour. No problem! A ready solution is at hand. Import workers from China, Bangladesh or Nepal and pay them even less.

“And to exploit these workers even more they are forced to pay recruitment fees, travel costs and handling charges. Often the payments are greater than the wages earned meaning that many of these workers will never be free of debt. So, modern day slavery on our doorstep! Again, shame on those who profit from this inhumanity to man".

Concluded Mr. Kearney: “We surely have to ask if fashion is really worth so much suffering. And we also have to ask whether those who place orders in such hell-holes should not be subject to prosecution and imprisonment here in Europe for aiding and abetting this cruel exploitation and destruction of young lives”.

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation


Must ReadView All

Market share of Indian textile items expand in 13 nations

Textiles | On 11th Dec 2017

Market share of Indian textile items expand in 13 nations

Thirteen countries — Germany, France, Italy, the United States,...

Courtesy: EUBrasil

Textiles | On 11th Dec 2017

Euratex, ABIT welcome negotiations for EU-Mercosur FTA

European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) and the...

Most firms expect no change in investment plans: CII survey

Textiles | On 11th Dec 2017

Most firms expect no change in investment plans: CII survey

Despite visible optimism in Indian industry with the Confederation of ...

Interviews View All

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Abhishek Samdaria
Reflete

GST will certainly reduce a lot of paperwork in future

C Dhandayuthapani

MAG Solvics Private Limited was established in 1991 to design and develop...

Harmeet Singh

New Delhi-based Jogindra Industries Private Limited provides an assortment ...

Urmil Arya

Sushila International, a well established textile organisation established ...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

December 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.2%
No
12.1%
Skip
18.7%

Total Votes: 91

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.5%
No
30.8%
Skip
7.7%

Total Votes: 91

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
86.8%
No
9.9%
Skip
3.3%

Total Votes: 91

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
81.3%
No
8.8%
Skip
9.9%

Total Votes: 91


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search