Today I received the following comment from one of my most active readers:
“Surprised. Just-Style comment “Towards an Asian sustainable development strategy” talks about India in Myanmar, without mentioning labour. Was the “labour” out of the sustainable topic or nothing new mentioned? As the strikes are out of favor as the decades long trend continue, would the increasing militancy go away in its own, or by conscious effort?
Hope the July 15 Webinar will have answers.”
The reader was referring to an article, recently published by Just-Style, perhaps the most influential internet journal in our industry.” http://www.just-style.com/comment/towards-an-asian-sustainable-development-strategy_id125332.aspx?utm_source=daily-html&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=23-06-2015&utm_term=id90458″ title=”Towards An Asian Sustainable Development Strategy”>
Problems related to garment industry workers are very serious indeed. In many countries child labor is endemic, minimum wages either too low to allow for healthy diet or simply not followed. Excessive overtime without a weekly rest day occurs in many factories. Worker safety is too often ignored and worker rights non-existent. The number and serious nature of these problems is growing. Frankly the efforts on the part of governments and garment exporting organizations has all too often proven to be meaningless.
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