Tell Adidas to go all in for a living wage for Cambodian garment factory workers

Go All in for a Living Wage!

25-year-old Sorn Reab spends six days a week waking up at 4:30 a.m. in order to travel to Phnom Penh to begin work at 7 a.m. in a garment factory, which supplies apparel to Adidas. Despite working 11 hours a day, Sorn cannot afford to live in Phnom Penh. Tired and weak from malnutrition, Sorn faces the real possibility that today may be the day she faints and ends up in the hospital. With the threat that her short-term employment contract may not be renewed in six months, the pressure to produce as many Adidas garments as possible is constant.

Sorn Reab’s life in Cambodia is not an exception, but the norm for the estimated 500,000 garment workers – over 90 percent of whom are women under the age of 35. In fact, a majority of the world’s garment workers are young women struggling to survive on their poverty wages. At its core, the garment industry continues to perpetuate a system of extreme inequality, providing inordinate wealth for the privileged few, while condemning the vast majority of workers in the supply chain to unconscionable poverty. It would take Sorn Reab in Cambodia over 7,000 years to earn Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer’s annual salary.

Tell Adidas to go all in for a living wage for Cambodian garment factory workers. Sign the petition.

Sainsbury’s and Local Buses

Taking up a suggestion from a friend, I have written to Mr Steve Moine, manager of the new Sainsbury’s store opening soon on the site of the former heliport just outside Penzance, inviting him to consider whether his company could sponsor one or more of the eight local bus services that are to be axed by operator Western Greyhound from November.

Western Greyhound bus 914 (reg. PL06 TFX), a 2006 Optare Solo M920 midibus, in St Ives Bus Station.

By Graham Richardson (Flickr: Western Greyhound 914 PL06TFX) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The bus routes serve small, isolated communities around Penzance, and the cessation of the services, resulting from Cornwall Council budget cuts, will have a severe impact on residents who do not have a car.

Local opinion has been sharply divided on the decision to allow Sainsbury’s to build a large store on a site near two existing supermarkets. If they took up this suggestion they might win over some of their detractors and gain some custom as well as performing a valuable service to the community.

South West Coast Path, Part Seven

This was to be the final leg of the route along the south coast of Cornwall, from Polruan to Cremyll.

Getting to Polruan involved a journey by train and bus to Fowey, then a ferry crossing of the River Fowey.

Fowey from Polruan

Looking over the housetops of Polruan across the River Fowey to Fowey

Although this coast has little of the rugged grandeur of the north Cornwall cliffs, the walk from Polruan to Polperro was quite punishing on the legs, with steep descents and ascents into and out of a succession of coves,

Pencarrow Head and Gribbin Head

Pencarrow Head and Gribbin Head

before arriving at Polperro.

PolperroBetween Polperro and Looe seaward views are dominated by St George’s (or Looe) Island.

Looe Bay and St George's IslandNow a nature reserve, the island was bought by two sisters in the mid 1960s and inhabited by them until their death.

Looe, with teeming beach complete with bouncy castle, was in stark contrast to the peaceful solitude of the preceding stretch of coast.

Entrance to Looe harbourOn a hot and hazy day I made my way from Looe towards Rame Head, skirting sections of the coast path still closed after the winter’s landslips. St George’s Island was still visible

Looe Baywhen looking back around the sweep of Looe Bay, while Rame Head loomed out of the haze at the end of Whitsand Bay.

Whitsand BayThe following day I returned to complete my trek along the south Cornwall coast.

Starting near Rame Head,

Rame HeadI soon reached Penlee Point,

View across Plymouth Sound from Penlee Point

View across Plymouth Sound from Penlee Point

which guards the entrance to Plymouth Sound.

After passing the adjoining villages of Cawsand and Kingsand I was on the home stretch through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, before arriving at Cremyll and the ferry

Ferry arriving at Cremyllto Plymouth and the train home.




South West Coast Path, Part Six

I walked this stretch between October and December: fewer sunny days and the sun low in the sky, so the photographs may not be too good, but that is an excuse to come back in the summer.

It was quite a trek on the bus to Padstow on one of the first cold days of the autumn. I set off along the bank of the River Camel (no connection with humped animals; the Cornish name Dowr Camel means crooked river).

Rounding Stepper Point, I picked up the full force of the icy wind and Trevose Head came into view.

It was not until the following week that I reached Trevose Head. On a clearer day I would have been able to see Hartland Point (40 miles) in one direction and Pendeen Watch (35 miles) in the other.

Just beyond the head is Round Hole, a collapsed sea cave (I passed another last week near Trevone).

Nearing Porthcothan, the coastal scenery became more and more impressive.

Minnows Islands

Beyond Porthcothan at Bedruthan Steps the rocky scenery was again magnificent.

According to Wikipedia, ‘The name Bedruthan Steps is said to be taken from a mythological giant called ‘Bedruthan’ who used the rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones, and seems to be a late nineteenth century invention for Victorian tourists.’

Beyond Watergate Bay I had to pass through the town of Newquay before reaching the relative peace of Towan Head.

A diversion inland to cross the River Gannel brought me to Crantock Beach

and the final stage of my walk from Padstow to Perranporth.

Beyond Holywell Bay the path skirted Penhale Camp with its ominous warning signs.

It was a relief to get past all that non-ionising radiation without getting fried and descend to Perran (or Penhale) Sands below the most extensive system of sand dunes in Cornwall

before hurrying into Perranporth for the bus home.