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Can Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones Help Stop Sweatshop Abuses?

March, 09 2012 Share

Posh clothing retailers across Europe, Australia and Canada allow prison-like conditions at their Chinese-owned supplier factories, Rosita and Megatex, in Bangladesh.

The 5,000 Bangladeshi workers at the Rosita and Megatex sweatshops face routine sexual harassment, beatings, corporal punishment, mass firings and imprisonment under false charges.  Workers are cheated of their wages and paid as little as 16 cents an hour.  The report will provide you with the documentation.

Corporate codes of conduct continue to fail miserably.

One of the high end clothing retailers is the Dressmann/Varner Group in Norway, which has signed a deal with Mick Jagger and other band members to design a clothing line inspired by the Rolling Stones music.

It does not have to be this way. With the help of Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, the Dressmann/Varner Group and the other high-end retailers, including BHS/Arcadia Group in the United Kingdom, Peek&Cloppenburg in Germany, Celio in France, de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands and the Wesfarmers Group in Australia, we can put an end to the gross violations of worker rights at the Rosita and Megatex factories. Together we can bring these factories into compliance with all Bangladeshi labor laws and with the ILO's core internationally recognized worker rights standards, including the right to organize. The first step should be a meeting in Bangladesh with the retailers, the workers and the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights.

This is not too much to ask.

Please send a brief personal note to the retailers urging them to send senior management representatives to Bangladesh to meet with the workers and the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights in order to guarantee that Bangladeshi labor laws and the ILO worker rights standards are finally respected.

Attached: Model message to retailers (retailer contact informationcompany profiles)

[Report] Chinese Sweatshop in Bangladesh 
[Update] Death Threats against Labor Leaders

 

Model message:

I am shocked and disturbed to learn that sweaters sold at [INSERT COMPANY/LABEL NAME] are being made under gross and illegal conditions at the Chinese-owned Rosita and Megatex factories in Bangladesh.  The 5,000 Bangladeshi workers at the Rosita and Megatex sweatshops face routine sexual harassment, beatings, corporal punishment, mass firings, death threats and imprisonment under false charges.  Workers are cheated of their wages and paid as little as 16 cents an hour.

I urge you to immediately end the abusive and illegal sweatshop conditions at your supplier's factories, Rosita and Megatex in Bangladesh.  Please send senior management representatives to Bangladesh to meet with the workers and the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights in order to guarantee that Bangladeshi labor laws and the core International Labor Organization worker rights standards are finally respected.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Peek&Cloppenburg KG Hamburg (Germany)
CEO: James Cloppenburg
info@peek-und-cloppenburg.de
Fax: 49-40-33967104

BHS (British Home Stores) / Arcadia Group, Ltd. (UK)
CEO: Ian Grabiner
hellofashionfootprint@arcadiagroup.co.uk
Fax: 44 20 7927 0577

Dressmann / Varner Group (Norway)
General Manager of Dressmann: Petter Varner
CEO of Varner Group: Marius Varner
CEO: Marius Varner
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility: Annabelle Ingeborg Lefébure
Annabelle.lefebure@varner.no
Fax: +47 66 77 34 85

Coles / Wesfarmers, Ltd. (Australia)
Managing Director of Coles: Ian McLeod
Managing Director of Wesfarmers: Richard Goyder
info@wesfarmers.com.au

Celio France SAS (France)
CEO: Christian Pimont
contact@celio.com

Fax: +33 01 48 74 59 54

de Bijenkorf (Netherlands)
CEO: Jacob de Jonge
info@bijenkorf.nl

Fynch-Hatton (Germany)
info@fynch-hatton.de

Fax: +49 (2161) 56745-19

Reitmans, Ltd.
Chairman & CEO: Jeremy H. Reitman
Fax: 514 385 2669
info@reitmans.com

 

All email addresses:

info@peek-und-cloppenburg.de
hellofashionfootprint@arcadiagroup.co.uk
Annabelle.lefebure@varner.no
info@wesfarmers.com.au
contact@celio.com
info@bijenkorf.nl
info@fynch-hatton.de
info@reitmans.com

 

 


[Campaign] Chinese Sweatshop in Bangladesh