Child Labour

Last night’s Panorama and all the recent news following the use of child labour & Primark, has caused a bit of a stir. Kurt got a bit tearful reading the article in The Guardian, and our Frugi Crusaders have been discussing it. So I thought we should bring it to the forefront of our blog….

There are plenty of questions that have arisen. Should factories that are found to be using child labour be shut down instantly (as currently seems to be the way of ‘handling’ the situation), or is there a better way? What happens to all those children, and adults, who are suddenly unemployed? Who is at fault…are the big companies that sell the clothes to blame, or are consumers just as guilty?

If you haven’t already read/heard the news, then have a read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/22/india.humanrights
We’d be interested to know your thoughts…

1 thought on “Child Labour”

  1. Hmm. This whole area is so difficult. Child labour is wrong – full stop. And yet…
    Some of the children I saw on Panorama last night represent the ultimate in disposable workforces – child refugees. But they appeared happy; they were clean and well-fed – one even verged on plump. The local ‘kingpin’ didn’t appear to be a Fagin character – he seemed to take pride in his work and was open about his labour force.
    What I want to know is – what happened to those children the day they turned up for work and found there was no work – that Primark had sacked them? Are they now begging? Prostituting themselves? There are worse ways of supporting yourself than sewing….
    Don’t get me wrong – I’m not suggesting that it’s acceptable that clothes for the affluent west are made by children in sweatshops. But Primark’s knee-jerk reaction has made the situation worse, not better. The ethical response – which we all need to be involved in – is to stop the demand for semi-disposable fast-fashion on one hand, and the ready availability of displaced and desperate children on the other.
    Now, suggestions on a postcard, please?

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