Charity highlights conditions for garment workers at start of London Fashion Week

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
15 September 2014

The charity War on Want (WoW) staged a demonstration at the beginning of London Fashion Week to highlight working conditions in retailers’ supply chains.

Protestors hung a 30 metre wide banner displaying the words “Don’t mention the garment workers” from Waterloo Bridge alongside the London Eye on Friday, near to where the fashion event launched at Somerset House.

WoW senior campaigner Owen Espley said: “London Fashion Week is a glittering showcase for the fashion industry. But fashion’s dark side is kept in the shadows.

“The British Fashion Council would rather we all forget about those who often work long hours, on poverty pay, in unsafe conditions to produce the clothes we love.

“We can love fashion, but hate sweatshops and want a fashion week that lives up to its responsibility to all the workers who make the fashion we buy. The time has come for London Fashion Week to mention the garment workers.”

WoW said and estimated £100 million worth of orders would be placed during the event, which was enough to pay a month’s wages for 2.4 million Bangladeshi garment workers, who earn £42 a month.

The British Fashion Council said no one was available to comment.

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