Exploited worker calls for help on Primark dress labels

This video from Britain says about itself:

Is Primark really ethical? Garment workers tell us what they think!

26 May 2009

In response to media reports of terrible conditions in their supplier factories Primark launched their “Ethical Primark” website, aimed at reassuring their consumers that they are an ethical company. When Shuma Sakar, a Bangladesh worker producing Primark clothes, and Shahida Begum from the the National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh came to visit Labour Behind the Label in the UK we asked them what they thought of Primark’s claims….this is their response……

Exploited worker's message on Primark dress label

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Primark shopper finds ‘cry for help’ stitched into her £10 dress

Dress from a Primark store in Swansea reportedly contained a label reading ‘forced to work exhausting hours

Kunal Dutta

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Primark is poised to investigate after a shopper claimed that she found a label stitched inside a dress drawing attention to exploitative work conditions.

Rebecca Gallagher, 25, claims that a £10 dress that she purchased from a Primark store in Swansea contained a label reading “forced to work exhausting hours”. The mother said that the message was written on one of a number of stitched labels which gave Primark addresses in Spain and Ireland along with washing instructions. “You hear all sorts of stories about people working in sweatshops abroad – it made me so guilty that I can never wear that dress again,” she told The South Wales Evening Post. Ms Gallagher claims that she attempted to call the retailing giant and was “put on hold for 15 minutes before being cut off”. She added: “I dread to think that my summer top may be made by some exhausted person toiling away for hours in some sweatshop abroad.” …

It is the latest ethical setback for the retailer since the Rana Plaza factory disaster in 2013, in which more than 1,000 people died in Bangladesh in a tragedy that raised questions about labourers the cut-price clothing for Primark and other Western clothing retailers.

In 2008 a six-month investigation by the BBC’s Panorama found that children as young as 11 had been sub-contracted to sew beads and sequins on to Primark tops in India. In the wake of that scandal Primark promised to redouble its efforts to end sweatshop labour, even setting up a website, Ethical Primark.

See also here.

UPDATE: A second shopper has come forward, saying that a label which reads ‘”Degrading” sweatshop conditions’ was sewn into a Primark top bought in Swansea in 2013: here.

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