Feminist T-shirts proudly worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions by migrant women in Mauritius, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.
Feminist T-shirts worn by politicians are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions
Migrant women in Mauritius are making the £45 tops for 62p an hour
They say: ‘We don’t feel like feminists. We don’t feel equal. We feel trapped’
Machinists sleep 16 to a room and earn less than average wage on island
T-shirt is sold in Whistles in aid of activism group The Fawcett Society
Deputy chief executive of the charity Dr Neitzert said they had originally been assured the garments would be produced ethically in the UK
When they received samples they noted they had been made in Mauritius
She added that if evidence emerges Whistles will have to withdraw range
Harriet Harman wore shirt on front bench of the Commons during PMQs
Feminist T-shirts proudly worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions by migrant women paid just 62p an hour, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.
The women machinists on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius sleep 16 to a room – and earn much less than the average wage on the island.
The £45 T-shirts carry the defiant slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. But one of the thousands of machinists declared: ‘We do not see ourselves as feminists. We see ourselves as trapped.’