Blog: Leonie BarrieMoD faces flack

Leonie Barrie | 25 November 2004

Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has run into trouble again over the procurement of its combat uniforms which are apparently being made by a Chinese factory where workers earn a pound a day. Newspaper reports say the workers live inside a heavily guarded factory complex where summer temperatures exceed 40°C, and toil round the clock for as little as £32.50 per month.

The MoD signed a five-year, two million items a year sourcing deal with Northern Ireland-based firm Cooneen Watts and Stone in August, believing it could save around £23 million. But now it’s investigating claims that the fabric rips easily, shrinks when wet and is too thin to prevent a soldier's body heat being picked up by enemy night-vision equipment. Brings to mind the saying "if it's too good to be true...it probably is!"


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