Plea for shoppers to choose labels wisely

From left, Jan and George Hetherington, Mary Cade, Sumby Nawaz and the Rev Peter Lemon
From left, Jan and George Hetherington, Mary Cade, Sumby Nawaz and the Rev Peter Lemon
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Members of a Fairtrade group are continuing their campaign to get shoppers to avoid companies that ignore workers’ safety.

The Stamford Town Fairtrade Group held a protest in High Street to raise awareness of their campaign.

Called “The Right Label?”, it aims to highlight the need for consumers to buy from retailers who source their clothing ethically.

The campaign began after a factory collapse in Bangladesh that left more than 1,200 people dead and thousands more injured.

Clothing produced there has been linked to major clothing retailers including Primark and Matalan.

Fairtrade group member George Hetherington explained the reason for the campaign.

He said it began: “Because our greed for cheap clothing and the retailers demands for cheap clothing makes manufacturers ignore safety regulations and workers rights.

“To date retailers are not accepting any responsibility for the deaths and injuries and have ignored requests for compensation for victims families.”

An exhibition will be held at Stamford Arts Centre in October. Mr Hetherington said: “It is hoped that the exhibition will enable visitors to make an informed decision about ‘The Right Label?’.”