Brands are now moving towards fast and reactive fashion models. Where lead times were six months a few years ago, they are now six weeks.
Yet by her braving into the world of branded gym wear Ivy Park to support and inspire women, she was opening herself to media scrutiny about how empowered its workers may be. Not being a reader of tabloids, I came to know of it, when an inquiry came my way from Broadly, requesting for input for a piece that it was being put together.
In the hope for a nuanced intervention to the early news foray —from the Sun to the Metro, I assented. All features of state policies in the social development and labour legislation; facets often downplayed in an age of corporate social responsibility.
We also talked about the Achilles heels of Sri Lankan apparels — the lack of living wages and the inability of most workers to freely associate and enter into collective bargaining i. In the eventual output that came out of Broadlythe positives of Sri Lankan apparels or the potentially enviable Sri Lankan context was edited out.
Otherwise, with a vaguely problematic title, the emphasis was on the lack of living wages and unionisation. The absence of a living wage and the impossibility of unionisation are two points emphasised earlier in a report that came out of an ESRC-funded researchalthough there made within a context.
I also emphasised how the positive adherence to ethical trade regimes and Sri Lankan apparels ability to do so having much to do with historical labour struggles, labour legislative frameworks and state policies towards our social development fabric. This nuanced reading of Sri Lankan apparels was met with wrath by an important union in Sri Lanka, with a pro-union friendly journalist hounding me with local media interventions in a bid to vilify the research.
Shades of grey in labour politics was a faux pas, as a UCU academic member I was to learn — in a somewhat harsh way in my local research setting. Almost four years later, the partial rendering of my views by Broadly led to a message from a senior manager at one of my research sites to question my stance.
While this communication was not unfriendly, I still had to point to him that the two lapses I had noted are already in the report that also helped his factory achieve a higher certification.
It, however, made me then dig deeper into how this story had developed in the media. This is beyond doubt.
It is a representation that misses the very labour agency or conditions of possibility that made a single woman worker articulate views on empowerment and the lack thereof in her labouring life. Feminists, Ethel Brooks and Dina Siddiqui, have emphasised this point previously and yet it continues to evade the attention of media and campaigners.
The fact that Sri Lankan labour get paid a monthly minimum wage negotiated through a tripartite Wages Ordinance Board and hence are not paid an hourly wage or indeed a piece rate system was wholly absent from almost all media interventions.
The elasticity of campaigner interpretations would require a leap of faith for any intelligent and careful reader. Nowhere in the public domain do I find the worker saying that MAS was providing boarding and that her mobility was severely restricted.
Features usually absent in the Sri Lankan apparel trade, partly because many do not provide factory-based boarding facilities and partly because workers would not tolerate factories where they were locked up.
What then of Sri Lankan apparel workers? Sri Lankan apparel sector draws upon an important and impressive social development agenda adopted by the Sri Lanka state for decades — giving the industry a highly skilled and educated labour force.
It also draws upon relatively strong labour legislation, an outcome of labour struggles and movements from yesteryears, which thwarts the worst excesses of uneven capitalist development.
Yet it also remains the case that with the weakening power of unions and gradual erosion to protective labour legislation, the risks for Sri Lankan apparels to fall off its cultivated mantle is real. The neglect of state protection towards labour given its absence of regulating private boarding houses or extending weekly overtime hours, equally matter in process of uneven capitalist development.The apparel industry in Sri Lanka has also won many awards for green manufacturing.
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the Sri Lankan apparel industry, a thriving venture in the past will remain as a thing of the past. The MAS plants in Kilinochchi opened in , three years after the end of the Sri Lankan government’s bloody war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tami Eelam (LTTE).