21 Sep '12, 2pm
Why are all these people fainting in H&M, Zara, and Gap stores across Europe?
The flash-mob-style stunt marks the start of a Europe-wide campaign to demand popular brands and retailers pay Cambodia’s garment workers a living wage. “The human cost of brands like H&M or Zara paying poverty wages is seen when hundreds of workers pass out due to exhaustion and malnutrition. If you can’t afford to pay for enough food for yourself and your children, what would you do? It’s a catch-22,” says Jeroen Merk, Clean Clothes Campaign’s research coordinator. “For decades, global fashion brands have made excuses about why they shouldn’t pay a living wage. It’s not a choice, it’s a pressing necessity. Hiding behind the economic crisis and company codes of conduct is no longer acceptable when talking about