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Editorial: Freedom not to care

Each year, Norwegians shop clothes for almost 20 billion NOK. They choose by colour, size and fabric, but they are kept ignorant on where the clothes are manufactured. The reason for this secrecy is to be formal in the EU adjustment -policy. From 1996 on it was no longer needed to label textile products with country of origin.
Artikkelen er mer enn to år gammel. Ting kan ha endret seg.
Each year, Norwegians shop clothes for almost 20 billion NOK. They choose by colour, size and fabric, but they are kept ignorant on where the clothes are manufactured. The reason for this secrecy is to be formal in the EU adjustment -policy. From 1996 on it was no longer needed to label textile products with country of origin.

Thus you will not know wether the clothes you are buying are manufactured by a well organized western clothing factory or poor asian girls working for meagre salaries.

The Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry(NHO), The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions(LO), The Consumer Council and several other significant organizations agree that the consumers have a right to know the country of origin of the product. This is mere common sense: Of course it is a consumer right to be familiarized on wether one supports modern slavery or not.

It is little reason to believe that the manufacturers themselves will go through a voluntary labelling arrangement such as Minister Laila Dåvøy hopes: The EU adjustment does not say that it is forbidden to label, it just lifts the legal reason to do so. The clothing industry has used their given choiceto quit labelling their clothes. The lawmakers should take the consequences of this.

Norwatch Newsletter 3-4/02

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