The workers who produced for UNIQLO are now unemployed, unable to support their families and in a desperate situation.
One worker, Rohayati said, ‘If I get my money from UNIQLO, I will send my child back to school and take care of my sick parent, I cannot do this now’.
UNIQLO capitalise on their image as an ‘ethical’ brand that cares about their workers. But what they say and what they do are at odds with each other. UNIQLO are avoiding responsibility and their strategy is to hope that no-one notices.
Workers at Jaba Garmindo say that when UNIQLO arrived at their factory the fashion giant started dictating harsher working conditions. Suddenly the workers were under pressure to meet hourly targets for clothes production, meaning they had to work harder, faster and often for very long hours. Yet, despite their efforts UNIQLO walked away from Jaba Garmindo, the factory closed and the workers were robbed of their wages and severance pay.
Demand that UNIQLO take responsibility for workers in their supply chain and support affected people in Indonesia today. They have shifted position before and we can make them do it again.