I was intrigued to pick up on this, about Primark, from the BBC site. My surprise was that Primark sourced clothes from within the UK at all. The revelation that they (the suppliers) pay less than the minimum wage and have very poor working conditions was not the surprise.
I was always amazed by the prices at Primark. They were so cheap that the material would almost have cost more than the finished garment. Did anyone honestly think that the workers were paid minimum wage and were working in, what we would call, good conditions?
I just assumed that they were made in some sweatshops in the third world.
And, I do not believe that Primark management did not know this was the case. Surely, they have buyers who can work it out for themselves. If you can buy a pair of jeans for, say £10 instead of, say £40, then the costs, of which labour must be a major player, must be significantly reduced OR the price of £40 is exorbitant to the extreme. And these are the prices to the public! The prices that Primark pay would be considerably less.
As I’ve said before, the quality may be not so good, but it still takes a person some time to make one pair of jeans and there is still material involved
Shocking? Not really.