Pleased today that the Guardian – who called me yesterday – have the story online about exploitation by some of our big supermarkets who pay a pittance to people overseas. Good story by them – here is part of what they say:
The call came after the Guardian reported allegations by workers at factories in Bangladesh supplying Asda, Primark and Tesco that they worked up to 80 hours per week for as little as 4p an hour. They also reported abuse by supervisors, and sackings for taking sick leave.
Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat international development spokeswoman, said legislation should guarantee that pay and conditions of overseas workers met international standards: “It’s obscene that [UK shoppers] can earn more through their club card points than the people who produce the goods they are buying.” She was setting up meetings with supermarkets and other large employers of overseas workers to talk about their corporate responsibilities.