Report Back: Don't Mention The Garment Workers

12 September 2014 - 6:45pm
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On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week started we took action to to highlight the darkside of the fashion industry: a side the fashion industry would rather was kept in the shadows.

The day started early by dropping a massive 30m banner off Waterloo bridge, just opposite Somerset House, where London Fashion week was about to start:

Following the banner drop, a group of activists went to Somerset House to pose for photos and ask the friendly fashionistas to support our cause: 

 As we tweeted during the day, lots of friends and allies shared our photos and tweets:

 

Congrats to @WarOnWant on strong campaign and message to #londonfashionweek #dontmentionthegarmentworkers

— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) September 12, 2014

 

RT @TansyHoskins @Yasm1nK @TRAID @IndustriALL_GU @uniglobalunion @orsoladecastro #LFW #DontMentionTheGarmentWorkers pic.twitter.com/wBrbyh7zfG

— IndustriALL (@IndustriALL_GU) September 12, 2014

And lots of friends joined in the chorus:

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Dave Prentis,  General Secretary, Unison. 

Staff at Traid Pose for a photo with the sign #DONTMENTIONTHEGARMENTWORKERS

 Staff from Traid.

In the afternoon, ALL WE CAN, had a celebration with school children and other methodists to celebrate their campaigning with War on Want. The children were right on message:

A school girl poses with a thought bubble above her head that reads

Lots of the children had been doing craftivism and making mini-banners to get their views across:

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The children then went to present their postcards to the ministry and asked some probing questions.

For a fuller explanation of why we felt it important to highlight London Fashion Week's silence about workers, you can read this guest blog post by Tansy Hoskins here.

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