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GAP Announces It ‘Does More’ But Not For Its Workers

3rd June, 2014 - Posted by Zarah Patriana - 2 Comments

chieGAPOn May 20th, GAP held its annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco after which it announced a huge decision about its production practices – GAP agreed to stop using angora wool because of the extreme harm it inflicts on angora rabbits.

Decisions made by corporations matter. While protecting the lives of angora rabbits will make a difference, GAP failed to take the action called for by protestors outside the shareholder meeting – protect the lives of its garment workers making GAP products.

Instead of making plans to compensate the families of the workers who died or were injured in the Aswad Composite Mills fire in Bangladesh last October, or sign the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety, GAP spent its energy censoring the efforts of human rights activists to save its public image.

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via 18MillionRising

When activist organization 18MillionRising.org launched the website GapDoesMore.com, they claimed that GAP had finally agreed to compensate the families of 7 workers killed in the Aswad factory fire. They intended to pressure the company to finally join 160+ other companies and Bangladeshi Unions and sign onto the Bangladesh Safety Accord to prevent future deaths at its supplier factories.

Instead, GAP was forced to issue a statement saying that the website was a hoax, and that the company was, in fact, not ‘doing more’.

Will you join our allies and demand answers about what the corporation intends to do to better protect its workers and provide for the families of those who have died?

Sign on to support the open letter to GAP Inc. and urge the company to DO MORE for people.

2 Responses to “GAP Announces It ‘Does More’ But Not For Its Workers”

  • Julie McNaughton

    Help your people.

  • Mike9

    This is a perfect example of why workers need good, strong, non-corrupt unions to protect them. If it weren’t for unions we wouldn’t have: 1. a 40 hour work week, 2. overtime pay, 3. safe clean workplaces, 4. paid vacation time, 5. paid maternity leave, 6. women wouldn’t get fired for getting pregnant, 7. paid sick time, 8. workers wouldn’t get fired for getting sick or injured, 9. workers get paid in legal currency (some companies used to pay workers in “scrit tokens” which weren’t worth anything anywhere but “the company store”), 10. job security, 11. retirement pensions, 12. health benefits, and so much more. What really amuses me is how some people have such a negative opinion of unions and they don’t even realize that in their current jobs they have unions to thank for the labor standards that unions established long ago. When I hear people trashing unions, its like hearing a guy who’s just been rescued off the roof of a burning building say that he hates firemen. So, unless you’re willing to go to work in a sweatshop 20 hours a day with no windows or fire escapes for scrit tokens, then don’t trash unions. Thank them for the labor standards we have today.

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