July 2010 21:22

Four children have been rescued from a Delhi sweatshop after a seven-year-old boy was found working 98 hours a week making Christmas gifts destined for Britain.

The boy, known as Ravi, was filmed working with seven other youngsters at the sweatshop used by an export firm that supplies cut-price chain store Poundland.

Dressed in rags, Ravi appeared emaciated and with marks on his face. An undercover report revealed he was working from 9am to 11pm, seven days a week, earning 7p an hour. The rescued children were taken to a safe house to await a reunion with their parents. Eight-year-old Mohammad Hussain said: “I was brought to Delhi by a person who paid £14 to my family.” The sweatshop delivers goods such as notebooks and mirrors to an Indian exporter Trishulin Overseas which in turn supplies Poundland. Following the rescue, Poundland issued a statement saying it had launched an investigation into Trishulin’s compliance with its code of conduct.

“As a result, all orders with Trishulin Overseas have been placed on hold,” it said. “Trishulin Overseas is a new supplier to Poundland and, to date, Poundland has not received or sold any products supplied by the company. Poundland does not tolerate child labour under any circumstances and will not work with companies that employ children. Should we find that Trishulin Overseas has breached our code of practice, its products will not be sold in any Poundland store.”

Read the full story on http://www.metro.co.uk/news/835669children-paid-7p-an-hour-to-make-poundland-gifts

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The UK-based charity ‘War on Want’ calling for the government to regulate companies and put an end to the exploitation of overseas workers.

War on Want believes that real change can only be achieved through government regulation that protects the rights of workers supplying UK companies. The government regulate the business practices of UK retailers to ensure that overseas workers are guaranteed a living wage, decent working conditions and the right to join a trade union.

Show your support by adding your face, name and voice to our campaign against sweatshops. Its aim is to have 50,000 people join our call for immediate government action http://www.waronwant.org/campaigns/love-fashion-hate-sweatshops/16832-love-fashion-hate-sweatshops-gallery-of-supporters

Date for your diary: Fair trade Fortnight 2011

Monday 28 February 2011 – Sunday 13 March 2011: A nationwide awareness campaign which encourages consumers to buy goods bearing the fair trade mark. It also pressures governments and businesses to support fair trade initatives.

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