If you like The Gap ( baby Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, or J. Crew) you need to reed this.
Gaps Other Side To High Prices
The globalized structure of the apparel industry allows retailers to keep labor costs low, and thereby increase profitability, by contracting work out to factories located around the world instead of directly owning the means of production. The Gap contracts work out to factories located in approximately 50 countries around the world, employing thousands of people in Russia, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Saipan, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Despite cultural and linguistic differences, these factory workers sadly find that their lives are really not that different from one another, and that poverty binds them all. The workers only seem to make 25 cents a day and $70 a month, yet Gap's products are then sold in over 3,800 stores located in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK, which regularly turn a large profit. In 2000, Gap sales totaled over $13.7 billion, and the company made over $877.5 million in net profits. And they are forced to work as many as 13 hours a day, returning home by foot or motorcycle taxi, exhausted, at 10:00PM. There is no union in the factory where they work. If you want to know more about how Gap treats these people please visit their site. Its a very good site hope you learn more and BOYCOTT GAP!?!
Many companies such as the GAP, Wal-Mart, and Nike are some of the most obviouse violators of human rights in the world, and yet New York City policemen stand by these particular stores with pride to "protect" them.
Hey Look These Are The People That Make Your Clothes From The Gap! YEAH! Dont They Look So Happy!
Many, many people attended a loud and sucessful protest of the GAP store near Times Square. But the force of the protest was put down by the actions of the police. New York's finest herded the protestors into long thin gated pens, across the street from the store. It was a clever strategy for dealing with the activists, as the demonstation was too spread out to rally around the speakers and musicians.