The Clean Clothes Campaign is a worldwide movement that aims to improve the wages and conditions of sweatshop workers. This is the story of their struggle.
Large retailers such as Tesco, Walmart and Carrefour lure shoppers in with prices that seem too good to be true. This book shows that they're too good to be fair. All along the industry's supply chain, workers, often children, are exploited through poverty wages, unpaid overtime and harsh anti-union measures. The campaign urges those in charge of the garment industry's supply lines to protect their workers and treat them fairly.
This dynamic account of direct engagement by concerned consumers is a must read for those that see globalisation differently and want their shopping choices to support the most vulnerable people involved in the clothing industry.
Liesbeth Sluiter is a Dutch freelance photographer and journalist, who has worked for over 25 years with a passionate focus on environment, gender and global development issues. For the past three years she has focused on the issue of working conditions in the global garment industry and on the work of the Clean Clothes Campaign, she is the author of Clean Clothes (Pluto, 2009).
Dedication Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Acronyms Preface Introduction Part 1 A Globalising Industry 1. A Footloose Enterprise 2. Destination Elsewhere Part 2 A Globalising Network 3. Asia 4. Africa 5. Europe's Neighbours Part 3 The Campaign in Action 6. Strategic developments Interlude: The European Network Up-Close Part 4 Debates and the Future 7. Support for Workers 8. Consumers 9. Hard law 10. Companies Epilogue Notes Bibliography Organisations in the Network Index