Date
22 September 2017
T-shirts used in a promotional campaign by a UK women’s rights charity were made in sweatshop conditions in Mauritius, a newspaper has claimed. Labour leader Ed Miliband (R) was among the several politicians that have worn the T-shirt. Photos: MailOnline
T-shirts used in a promotional campaign by a UK women’s rights charity were made in sweatshop conditions in Mauritius, a newspaper has claimed. Labour leader Ed Miliband (R) was among the several politicians that have worn the T-shirt. Photos: MailOnline

UK charity behind feminist T-shirt to probe ‘sweatshop’ claims

Fawcett Society, a leading women’s rights charity in Britain, is investigating claims by a newspaper that pro-feminism T-shirts that the group has promoted in its campaign were made in sweatshop conditions.

The society said it will have the products withdrawn from sale if the reports are proved true, according to The Guardian.

Earlier, The Mail on Sunday claimed that the T-shirts bearing the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like” were made by female workers being paid just 62 pence (99 US cents) an hour on the island of Mauritius.

The paper said its investigation also found that female machinists at the factory sleep 16 to a room.

Several politicians, including Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman, have worn the T-shirts to proclaim their feminist credentials.

Fashion retailer Whistles, which sells the garments for 45 pounds each, described the allegations as extremely serious and said it will launch an urgent investigation, the report said.

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