However, when a tragedy on the scale of last week’s collapse of several factories occurs, many consumers, if not the retailers, should feel the pain the next time they slip into their Gap jeans or Benetton skirt. But they must realize that unless the nature of today’s global markets changes, a boycott of products only hurts the poor workers who need a job making them.
An immediate strategy for consumers could be to pressure the retailers through lobbying to do more to help make working conditions better, all the way from the corporate offices down to the little factory run by a subcontractor to a subcontractor.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.