Blog: Leonie BarrieFighting fit?

Leonie Barrie | 16 March 2006

Something doesn’t seem quite right, or perhaps it’s just the timing that’s an issue. On the one hand we have US textile makers supporting new plans to extend ‘Buy American’ legislation to other government agencies, while on the other, the Unite Here union is slamming poor working conditions in some of the very same domestic factories that already make uniforms for the armed forces.

It certainly makes sense for the US government to procure locally-made products; after all, it’s a vote of confidence in the country’s industry and an important measure of national pride for those who have to use the equipment. Of course there are safety and security issues at stake too, with potential for sabotage if the products fall into the wrong hands. And economic arguments would suggest that it’s only fair for US companies, who pay taxes to the US government, to get a chance to win its supply contracts.

But maybe it’s the very process of awarding contracts to the lowest bidders that contributes to poor conditions in the industry, which employs 20,000 men and women. This practice encourages companies to cut corners at the expense of workers. The reputable contractors who provide benefits, safe working conditions, and better wages are routinely underbid by this competition. Yet ironically, they’re the ones who should benefit most from these changes in legislation.


BLOG

A new re:source from just-style

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the co...

BLOG

Trump's trade ramifications continue to unravel

Over the past week just-style has continued to try to unravel the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States....

BLOG

What's in store following Trump's election?

One event dominated the international airwaves last week, and on just-style too we took a closer look at the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States....

BLOG

Political shadow over apparel supply chain

As the Brexit roller-coaster continues to twist and turn, and the US presidential election campaign nears its unpredictable and possibly protectionist end, there's no doubt these events – and the perc...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?