So….Something which has recently bought almost tears to my eyes (alongside the deaths in Gaza, which I will do a post on soon!) is the amount of child labour in the world, increasing in South Asia, and Africa, in factories which make goods for brands like Nike and Primark stores. Due to this, I have long ago boycotted Nike (although I prefer not to purchase their ridiculousely priced trainers with simply a label on it) I am opting to now go for more ‘moderate’ priced stores. Not so expensive or popular that the truth of their production is merely passed over, but not so cheap like Primark,for example that the costs to produce the goods will not provide a safe, healthy working environment for the workers, whether they’re children or adults.
No – one should have to bare such harsh conditions to simply make a living to survive. The hours are increasingly long – some having to work 13 hours a day, and even longer when demand is high. I mean it’s basically too good to be true- cheap prices often mean cheap labour. In 2008, around the world there were about 215 million child labourers, with an upsetting 115 MILLION working in the most hazardous and extreme forms of child labour, with many unpaid. They are having to work as they can barely afford there education – something every child should be entitled to.
These brands are supposed to put into the economy of these third world countries, yet instead are just making life more difficult. It’s really sad to think that if the costs aren’t as low as these companies want, then they won’t buy. If they don’t buy, then these countries won’t make money, increasing the poverty rate. Yet even when these low costs are accepted, not only is the wage provided to the workers hardly enough, with some paying below the minimum, but it’s not even enough money to cover the costs required to maintain a safe environment. Many brands have NEVER visited exactly where they are purchasing from, so it seems to me that all they care about is business and production, without giving a damn about the beatings, harassment and intimidation faced by the workers.