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‘Woke’ consumers push fashion industry to care about garment workers

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Semarang, Central Java   /   Sat, October 5, 2019   /  05:24 pm
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Workers at a garment factory in Ungaran, Semarang, Central Java, carry out short daily exercise in between work on Oct. 3. Suppliers of the fashion industry have started to pay more attention to worker welfare as consumers become more aware about ethical production practices.(Jakarta Post/Ardila Syakriah)

  Twenty-three-years-old Atria Zahrina used to buy specific fashion brands. For three years, at least once in three months, she would buy items of her favorite brands. Old habits die hard, but upon learning about mistreatment of some workers at the factory producing clothing for the brand in developing countries last year, she lost interest in the brand. Atria said she used to fill her wardrobe with clothes of the brands, as the products made her feel “cool and up-to-date” without having to spend much money. It all changed, however, when she stumbled upon news of Indonesian garment workers staging protests against her fashion brand after reportedly not getting the promised pay. The story intrigued her, and a quick internet search led her to information about an accident in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka: The collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which hou...