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26/04/2013 at 22:12
I love a good bargain and often get clothes (particularly for holiday) from Primark. Now that I have been paid I had intended on going in and stocking up on vests, shorts and beach towels, however, the disaster in Bangladesh has stopped me in my tracks.
Should I be spending my money in there knowing that these type of people, working in these dangerous conditions and for very low wages are producing a lot of the clothes. The more I read about the building collapsing the more horrific it is.
What are your thoughts?
26/04/2013 at 22:45
its a difficult one, especially as its not particularly obvious which garments from which shops are produced in these types of factories - do more expensive shops have their clothes produced in better working environments? I don't know the answer to that.
Plus, if they don't work there where do they work? That might sound flippant but changing working conditions is difficult, it takes time for companies to discuss with manufacturers and set new standards, or find new suppliers, and in the meantime they have families to feed. If they had the option of working somewhere better with better working conditions and pay wouldn't they already do that?
26/04/2013 at 22:55
And therein lies the dilemma weekender, I totally agree. I think that we should be able to buy from a high street store knowing that someone somewhere in a position of responsibility has ensured due diligence and that all risks have been assessed before the public have to 'buy in'. I just don't know if that is the case.
26/04/2013 at 23:43
It really comes to the governments in those countries setting standards - Health and Safety laws in this country can sometimes be a PITA but it's what keeps us all safe. You know, maybe they'd get to a point where they would all have decent H&S standards but what does that mean cost wise, will cost of clothes and other items go through the roof? What effect does that have on the economy of our own country? Will more companies start using UK manufacturers again as actual manufacturing cost will be similar? But can we afford to buy the stuff?
27/04/2013 at 10:28
This is one of the reasons I won't buy from primark. I can't accept they make clothes that cheap without someone getting a raw deal. I know that more expensive shops may also be paying a poor wage but I feel that it's more unlikely in places like m&s & next. I have nothing to base this on though.
27/04/2013 at 17:18
Its not just primark its most high street stores. Actually there was a doc recently which showed Nike conditions vs primark and primark was better. You not buying from them isn't going to make a difference. They are only of the only companies in the UK to have profit in the first quarter of this year. They plan on opening two stores in France (one outside Paris) this year. If it makes your feel better not buying then don't but it won't matter to them or the poor souls lost in this tragedy. What's happened is awful it truly is.
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