Mail continues to pour in from my Monday article in the Guardian about sweatshops. Most express frustration that they don't have enough information to make intelligent decisions about what they buy and from whom. Are "Sweatshop Free" labels the answer? Mark Naylor of the UK thinks so:
I have just read your article in The Guardian regarding a fair deal for world labour. To say that I am aghast at ever agreeing with a capitalist is an understatement! Your article was of the highest quality - well done!
Along with our over-dependence on oil, I regard sweatshop labour as one of the top issues that must be addressed. I am amazed that our Labour - sorry New Labour - government has absolutely nothing to say on this issue. It probably does not even recognise that it exists.
As you point out, a list of companies that use sweatshop labour and a list of products that are made by them, products properly labelled would be a good start.
I am with you all the way on this. The more evidence we can bring to the public's awareness the better.
Topic : Sweat Shops Posted By : Anita Posted On : September 25, 2003
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Re : Next: Sweatshop Labels? By Joy Wilson on January 10, 2005
I've just logged on to your website (after reading your report in 'Just Right' magazine by Jubilee about sweatshops. Mark Naylor (on your website) writes in with the point about having a label to prove clothes are not made in sweatshops. (His article was a little while ago so forgive me if this is an old topic or my suggestion obvious) The Fairtrade logo, if not already, should be extended to all goods to prove that they have been manufactured under good, regulated working conditions.
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