Worker rights violations in Asia by giant retailers / Unilever's disposable jobs in Pakistan
Giant global discount retailers like Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Carrefour,
and Walmart try to lure consumers into their shops with low, low
prices. A manŽs suit for £25 at Tesco, a womanŽs dress for $9 at
Walmart, or jeans for EUR8 at Carrefour. How do they do it? ...
... If youŽre a worker in the workshops or factories that supply
these stores, youŽll have some of the answers - poverty wages,
forced or unpaid overtime, no work contract, harsh repression of
any attempts to organize to improve working conditions. And it is
most likely you are a woman because 80% of the workers are.
The Clean Clothes Campaign, of which the India Committee of
the Netherlands (ICN) is an active member, believes these
workers deserve a better bargain. Read the CCC's new
research on five top global retailers and learn more about how
you can get involved in the Better Bargain campaign.
See: http://www.cleanclothes.org/betterbargain/index.php and you will find the report
"Cashing In" (there is also a French version and a summary) on
how workers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand are
being treated in the supply chain of the giant retailers and what
should be done about it.
Another recent case of 'disposable jobs' is the plight of the
contract workers at Unilever Lipton in Pakistan who are
campaigning for permanent job status through their IUF-affiliated "National Federation of Food, Beverages and Tobacco
Workers of Pakistan". With 22 permanent and 723 contract
workers in Unilever's Khanewal factory, Unilever is a champion
of 'impoverishing of labour'. Contract workers earm a third of
the salary of a regular workers and don't have social security,
medical benefits or pension. The majority of them have worked
for more than ten years for Unilever. Read more about this on:
You can support the workers in Unilever Lipton by sending a
mail to Unilever's CEO Paul Polman. Have a look here:
director India Committee of the Netherlands
February 16, 2009