From Manchester to Macau, Bolton to Bangladesh, workers everywhere are struggling to make ends meet because of the poverty wages they receive to make clothes for high street retailers and companies. Gar-ment workers in Bulgaria have to work 5hrs to buy a pound of pork. In Indonesia workers have seen the value of their wages plummet and cannot afford the basic necessities such as clothes, meat and fish. Even in the UK, homeworkers still work for anything from 75p an hour.
Campaigners were joined by Bangdung Saputro and Arist Merdeka Sirait, Indonesian labour rights activists who support workers making clothes for British high street retailers. In a meeting later Arist explained how the economic crisis had affected people in Indonesia and the situation of workers post-Suharto.
Jessica, Labour Behind the Label (0161 247 1760)