7 years ago

“I earned only 58 dollars last month”

Have a look at this yet another wake up video – Cambodia: A history of wage struggle, regarding the history of wage and employment struggle in Cambodia. Also have a look at John Pilger’s 2001 brilliant The New Rulers Of The World – VIDEO, where Pilger analyses the new global economy and secretly films in one of the biggest sweatshops in the World in Indonesia, Jakarta. In the Shen Zhou factory (more then 90% are women) in Cambodia, 11 hour days are a regular occurrence for many of these workers, who choose to take the daily overtime option to make ends meet. Survival on a basic wage of $58 (£39/€53) a month is a struggle, especially for mothers. More and more people are starting to recognize that, in several developing countries many multinational corporations are exploiting their workers. Despite the fact that these corporations make billions of dollars, and could easily provide more pay, benefits, and decent working conditions, they choose not to. Why? Have a look at the following pictures here. The Lady of the first photo is name is Prem Sreyroth, a 24-year-old worker that has been working at the Shen Zhou factory (a supplier for Adidas, H&M, Nike, GAP, Levi Strauss, C&A, Inditex) since 2005. Just with one simple google search and you will find out that, Amancio Ortega Gaona, the CEO of Inditex (biggest fashion group in the world, operates over 6,600 stores worldwide) is since March 2015, the 4th richest person in the world, estimated by Forbes Magazine, with a net worth of $62.6 billion. Mrs. Sreyroth receives every six months a new short-term contract: “Before I could earn around £95-£130 pounds, but now I earn less” she says. “Before there were only two buildings of contract workers but now there are four, so the amount of work is less. I earned only £80 pounds last month.” Go here for more stories and photos from journalist Will Baxter. The Video above and main article was made by Labour Behind the Label, a UK-based campaign group supporting workers in the global garment industry to defend their human rights. They do this by raising awareness amongst UK citizens of the conditions faced by those who make our clothes and asking them to take action in support of workers’ demands. More: Asia Floor Wage – the animated story – VIDEO. Also John Pilgers’ Cambodia Year Ten Update – 1989. The British government and the UN react to the outcry over the situation in Cambodia – VIDEO.  Adidas to go “all in.”  Sharing=Caring folks! GET INVOLVED.. Photo Credit: Will Baxter