Many of the clothes on sale in high street shops are made by people who are underpaid, undernourished and undervalued. Research by campaign group Labour Behind The Label has found that many garment workers are earning low wages, forced into compulsory overtime of up to 18 hours a day and denied safe working conditions. We want this to change.
Stitched Up’s own Bryony recently joined Labour Behind The Label as a Regional Coordinator and we are excited to kicking off with two events this weekend. Alongside Labour Behind The Label we are calling for garment workers to be paid a living wage – and we want you to join us.
First is a halloween-themed zombie march for a living wage. We’ll be dressed as zombies – complete with fake blood – and informing shoppers about the campaign on Manchester’s busy shopping area Market Street at 1pm on Saturday 26 October.
The interactive ‘Race for a Living Wage’ will be held at the People’s History Museum on Sunday 27 October. This educational exploitation event takes place from midday to 3pm and is a free, family-friendly opportunity to discover what it’s like working on the assembly line for a garment factory in a mock relay race. There will also be an exhibition exploring the realities of life for a garment worker earning minimum wage.
Regular Manchester Meet-ups
We will be hosting regular Labour Behind the Label Manchester Meet-ups for anyone interested in finding out more about the fashion industry and how you can support garment workers in their struggle for better working conditions and pay.
To find our more email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook group
If you can’t make either of the events then you can still support the campaign for a living wage by visiting Labour Behind The Label.