Fast fashion can be defined as "cheap, trendy clothing that samples ideas from the catwalk or celebrity culture and turns them into garments in high street stores at breakneck speed to meet consumer demand."
The idea is to get the newest styles on the market as fast as possible so these manufacturers need a lot of labour to produce it fast enough, however this has turned into modern slavery and forced labour since the workers in fast fashion industries are subjected to very poor working conditions. For example they are made to very work working for almost 18 hours leaving them with no time to rest. On top of that they are paid low wages compared how long they work, they are given pennies and with the high cost of living, these workers are suffering. Paying bills like water, electricity and rent has become stressful for them so I do see it as modern slavery.
I take an example of Ugandans who are going the Middle East (Saudi Arabia) to work as maids but ending up in poor working conditions, being over worked, some are threatened. So it's almost the same with fast fashion, workers being oppressed and not allowed to lead their normal happy lives. I call it "MODERN SLAVERY"
WHAT CAN BE DONE BY GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS???
In my view, the government and employers can see to it that workers rights are respected by paying them fairly. Paying fairly follows terms like how long one works and how much he puts in. A person with an essential job like a doctor can not be paid the same money as with a non essential like a gardener, janitor or hairdresser because there is a huge difference in their hours of working and input for example you could find that a doctors spends a maximum of 5 hours off his job since he is always working on saving lives some thing that needs maximum attention and focus whereas a janitor spends a few hours working since most even work in shifts.
So following the odds, you have to pay these people differently accordingly and when it comes to fast fashion workers that are working for long hours they should be paid highly enough to help them sustain their livelihoods live through the high cost of living.
For the working hours, I think a worker should work for a minimum of 8 hours and a maximum of 12 hours plus a five day working course so that workers have the weekend for resting and catch up to their families as "family is an important thing if not everything." I think not only fast fashion workers but also other workers out there in the world should be treated in the same way so as they have equal rights as cherished citizens. The government should also put together a council that work upon these issues and help fight for workers rights in most cases the workers have no choice since they really need the money for survival.
In a nutshell, I strongly believe that if these workers could be given a good working environment it would solve this issue. A good working environment is an environment where workers are allowed to work at their pace without too much pressure and stress. This can only be achieved if their rights are advocated for with government and employers support.
"WORKERS DESERVE BETTER"