Monday, 22 January 2007

Year 9 -Why is Rosa doing Annie's job?

The notes below will help you to finish your write up about the mystery activity completed in the lesson on Monday.

Who is Rosa?

  • Rosa is a 16 year old girl who lives in the Manila, in the Philippines.
  • She has left home to work as a machinist for Manila Fabrics.
  • Rosa works for £4 per 12 hour shift, 6 days a week. Sometimes she works 7 days a week.
  • 500 machinists also work in the factory where Rosa works.
  • Rosa's company provide a room for her to sleep in, which she shares with 5 other people.

Who is Annie?
  • Annie lives in Cheshire. She is married with 2 children and is unemployed.
  • She is a skilled fabric machinist, now looking for another job.
  • The factory where Annie used to work belonged to ClothesFirst, a UK clothing manufacturer.

The situation created at ClothesFirst

  • Marks and Spencers profits were decreasing, their shareholders were becoming annoyed.
  • In 1990 75% of clothes sold in M+S were made in Britain, now its less than 30%.
  • M+S informed ClothesFirst that they were unable to pay them such high prices to make their clothes.
  • In order to survive ClothesFirst closed its factory in Cheshire and moved its operations overseas, where costs are cheaper.
  • M+S clothes are now slighly cheaper and its profits are slowly rising.

Click here to see the sort cards from the lesson

Now answer the question: 'Why is Rosa doing Annie's job?'