Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign T-shirts made by workers 'earning 30p an hour'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
27 July 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the group Momentum that supports him have come under fire following an investigation that found his campaign T-shirts are made by poorly treated garment workers in Bangladesh.

A Mail on Sunday investigation said the T-shirts provided by Momentum for Corbyn’s leadership campaign were made by workers earning 30p an hour.

The newspaper said the basic salary at the factory in Baipayl near Dhaka, owned by Gildan, was around £63 a month, below the country’s average wage of £93. It said staff worked up to 10 hours a day.

One Bangladeshi factory worker named only as Abdul, 35, told the newspaper: “I feel angry that a politician is using T-shirts created with our back-breaking work to make a statement about workers’ rights when he clearly doesn’t care about our rights at all.”

The newspaper claimed Momentum bought the T-shirts for £2.77 and sold them on for £10.

A similar investigation by the Mail on Sunday revealed the T-shirts for Corbyn’s first leadership campaign were produced by Gildan in factories in Nicaragua and Haiti where workers were paid as little as 49p an hour.

Neither Gildan, Corbyn or Momentum responded to SM’s request for comment, but a Momentum spokesman told the Mail on Sunday they had cancelled the T-shirt contract and promised to “rigorously” check the sourcing of its merchandise in future.

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