12:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Your Call: Beyond boycotts, how can we help sweatshop workers?


On today's Your Call, we’ll look at how consumers can go beyond boycotts in order to help garment-workers. It’s been fifteen months since 1,137 Bangladeshis died in a collapsing building while making clothes for Americans and Europeans. Has much changed since then? How can we improve things? NGOs say protests don't work because multinationals are too big and that boycotts hurt workers. So what are the solutions? Join the conversation today on Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and You.

Guests:

Barbara Briggs, Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Chie Abad, Sweatshop Policy Analyst at Global Exchange

Resources: 

The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act

Sweatfree Public Contracting Campaign

San Francisco's Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance

New York Times, "A Sweetheart Becomes Suspect"

Deutsche Welle, "Cleaning up Bangladesh's textile industry"

Clean Clothes Campaign, A Living Wage vs. Minimum Wage

Fair Trade Process for Garments

Toronto Star, Meet the Canadian who's doing it right in Bangladesh

Organizations:

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Pittsburgh, PA

Global Exchange, San Francisco

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