As consumers, we have a great deal of power over multinationals. Indeed, we can help change the rules of the market by demanding from its various actors codes of conduct that honor human rights.

in hell workshops of misery

To gain market share, brands and distributors are competing aggressively over prices, which is putting tremendous pressure on their suppliers. At the end of the chain, it is the workers who pay the price. In the workshops of the subcontractors, the working conditions are disastrous. Workers, mostly young women, work more than 12 hours a day, six days a week, not counting unpaid overtime. The conditions of hygiene and safety are deplorable and frequent accidents. When they exist, employment contracts are often unfair and rarely respect the law. Workers often do not benefit from any social protection. Paid by the piece, without a guarantee of a living wage and sometimes below the legal minimum, the workers are hired or dismissed without formality, according to the needs of production. Harassment, disciplinary practices and miscellaneous fines are legion.