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No Sweat : Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers - Andrew Ross

No Sweat

Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers

By: Andrew Ross (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781859841723
Number Of Pages: 313

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A hard-hitting expose of the fashion world you don't see on the catwalk. Are you aware that the T-shirt or the running shoes you are wearing may have been produced by children as young as 13 years old, working 14-hour days for 30 cents an hour? Don't be reassured by a label that claims the item was manufactured in the USA or Europe. It could have been sewn in Haiti or Indonesia -- or in a domestic sweatshop where conditions rival those in the Third World. The label may tell you how to treat the garment, but it says nothing of how the worker who made it was treated. To find out about that you need to read this book. No Sweat shows you: * How Nike's celebrity spokeman Michael Jordan earned more for endorsing Nike running shoes that then company's 200,000-strong Asian workforce get between them in a year. * How Disney boss Michael Eisner's annual pay and stock options, worth $200 million, are partly paid for out of profits from the sale of Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame T-shirts made by Haitian teenagers who work for less than $10 per week and are force-fed contraceptive pills. * How campaigning by the New York-based Netional Labor Committee, the American workers' union UNITE and US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has forced embarrasing climb-downs by companies like GAP and Wal-Mart caught using sweated labor. * How the European-based Clean Clothes Campaign has linked up with charities such as Oxfam to raise the issue of codes of conduct with manufacturers and retailers in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. * How you can join the growing global campaign of consumer groups, human rights activists and international labor organizations to close down the sweatshops and guarantee basic rights for those who cut and sew our clothes. In hard-hitting words and pictures, No Sweat tells the story of the chasm between the glamour of the catwalk and the squalor of the sweatshop. Don't go shopping without it. Contributors include JoAnn Mort and Alan Howard (UNITE), Julie Su, Charlie Kernaghan and the National Labor Committee (edited by Kitty Krupat), Bud Konheim (interviewed by Sally Singer), Mike Piore, John Cavanagh, MacKenzie Wark, Angela McRobbie, Robin Givhan, Paul Smith.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Testimonyp. 4
Introductionp. 9
The Global Resistance to Sweatshopsp. 39
From War Zone to Free Trade Zonep. 51
Paying to Lose Our Jobsp. 79
An Appeal to Walt Disneyp. 95
The Myth of Nimble Fingersp. 113
Rat-Catching: An Interview with Bud Konheimp. 123
The Economics of the Sweatshopp. 135
El Monte Thai Garment Workers: Slave Sweatshopsp. 143
Labor, History, and Sweatshops in the New Global Economyp. 151
New York: Defending the Union Contractp. 173
"They Want to Kill Us for a Little Money"p. 193
The Structure and Growth of the Los Angeles Garment Industryp. 199
The Labor Behind the Label: Clean Clothes Campaigns in Europep. 215
Sweatshoppingp. 221
Fashion as a Culture Industryp. 227
Tommy Hilfiger in the Age of Mass Customizationp. 249
The Problem with Ugly Chicp. 263
A New Kind of Rag Trade?p. 275
After the Year of the Sweatshop: Postscriptp. 291
No Sweat Fashion List, Department of Laborp. 298
Notesp. 299
Contributorsp. 310
Photo creditsp. 312
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781859841723
ISBN-10: 1859841724
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1