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Demonstration planned outside Primark's Oxford Street store

Anti-slave labour campaigners are set to demonstrate outside Primark’s Oxford Street shop in London tomorrow.

Models in chains will stage a “sweatshop fashion show” outside the store tomorrow afternoon on the eve of the shop’s second anniversary. Campaign group No Sweat and charity War on Want, which are calling for better working conditions and wages for factory workers, are backing the demonstration.

War on Want spokesman Paul Collins said: “Primark’s flagship store is thriving with clothes at rock bottom prices while workers producing them face deeper poverty. Unless Gordon Brown regulates British firms, growing numbers of poor will pay a terrible price for the world economic crisis.”

Some of Primark’s suppliers have been the subject of criticism over their working practises including allegations of child labour.

However, Primark has said that it is committed to improving ethical standards and working conditions at suppliers. Last month the business appointed an ethical trade manager Katherine Kirk.

 

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