Theory & Struggle

Struggle in the garment sector

Theory & Struggle (2020), 121, (1), 68–77.

Abstract

This article considers what struggle means for the international garment worker of today. The typical worker will most likely be a woman experiencing exploitative and harsh conditions in a sector where, internationally, employers generally seek to crush independent trade unionism. The article briefly reviews the garment industry’s history, including advances made to working conditions by the mid-twentieth century, and the erosion of working conditions that has been associated with capital’s relocation and the internationalisation of production from the late 1970s onwards. It outlines the challenges of becoming a trade unionist and engaging in struggle under the very real threat of intimidation and violence.

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Jenkins, Jean