European Lawmakers yesterday (27 April) sent an unequivocal message that the EU must do more to ensure the clothes it imports are produced in decent conditions, adopting a non-binding resolution on the subject by a massive 505 votes to 49, with 57 abstentions._______________________
This, they hope, will be the start of positive change in a sector where human and workers’ rights are routinely ignored, with violations ranging from unacceptably low pay to forced labour and dangerous working conditions.
“Workers in the textiles sector […] work hellish hours,” said Belgian Socialist MEP Marc Tarabella. “In Bangladesh, 47.5% of workers work between 60 and 98-hour weeks, and 75% work more than 48 hours per week.”
According to the resolution, despite a number of voluntary initiatives in the sector, working conditions have not improved. The situation is most serious in developing countries.