A resource pack produced by the Anglican Alliance is available to all who want to get involved.
Letters to retailers are also available and can be sent to your local shops and high street brands.
Already being used by Churches in Scotland, England, the US and Australia, shoppers all over the world are joining the ecumenical coalition and raising their voices for justice.
Retailers and politicians will be lobbied in the run up to Christmas and the winter sales, and asked to improve wages, safety and working conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers. There are over 3,500,000 workers in the industry that produces 80 per cent of Bangladeshi export earnings.
The campaign was launched at Methodist Central Hall in London. Bishop Paul Sarker, Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh, gave the keynote speech via Skype, and a victim of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh spoke on her trauma. Her account can be read in this newsletter.
Three key areas for garment workers are focused on in the resource pack:
- Global justice for Bangladesh garment workers who are paid USD$0.15 an hour compared with $16 for their US counterparts.
- Wage justice for the workers who are paid only 14 per cent of the living wage in Bangladesh, with women in the industry earning much less than men.
- Living justice – over 1,800 Bangladesh garment workers are estimated to have died in factory collapses and fires since 2005.
The Alliance is involving students in the campaign and linking up with organisations on campuses in the UK.
For more information and updates about the campaign, you can check our advocacy website page, which is dedicated to the campaign.
In the picture: You can write a letter to your retailer using our resource pack