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Exposing Sweatshops. Term for a working environment which is dangerous or unacceptably difficult. What is the Problem?. Violates Child Labor Laws. Long Hours. May be hazardous and subject to abuse. Sweatshops Around the World, 2008 Sweatshops Across the World, 2008. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Exposing Sweatshops.Term for a working environment which is dangerous or unacceptably difficult. What is the Problem?

Sweatshops Around the World, 2008Sweatshops Across the World, 2008

Long HoursViolates Child Labor LawsMay be hazardous and subject to abuse What is being done to combat Sweatshops?U.S. LawAn employer that violates more than one federal or state labor law governing minimum wage and overtime, child labor, occupational safety and health. Chinese Labor Contract LawEffective January 2008;Meant to protect workers from companies on the issue of pay, overtime, health and safety practices and to create fair and safe practices for Chinese workers. Exposing Corporationshttp://www.thejournal.ie/60-big-name-brands-continuing-to-use-sweatshop-labour-130318-May2011/(corporations)routinely break every rule in the book when it comes to labor rights. A huge number of high street chains and sporting goods retailers...Because of investigative journalism, injustices are revealed. They ask the tough questions. They connect developed nations with the source. Journalists have the ability to tell the Little Guys story and expose the unjust practices of multinational corporations.

Foxconn China, Tricia Wang; Flickr.com (Creative Commons)Foxconn Factory in China

1.2 million workers

Creative Commons Fair Labor Association Foxconn Investigation Chinese workers threatened to commit suicide in January 2012. 150Foxconn Resolves a Dispute With Some Workers in China NY Times January 2012

Anti-Foxconn Protest in Taiwan, Courtesy of Creative CommonsImage by ttstam/Flickr, under Creative Commons

What was fixed?Working hours adjusted to Chinese legal limit of 49 hours/week25% increase in payThe report will include new promises made by Apple that stand just as empty as the ones made over the past five years SumOfUs.orgWhat about 2012?Do you love your iphone?

We all do. Well despite laws in China, the country continually uses labor practices which would be illegal in Europe and the U.S.Do you love your cheap University T-Shirts?

April 14, 2012Olympics 2012 chiefs concerned by Adidas 'sweatshop'AFPSat, Apr 14, 2012Accusations of sweatshop use in the production of LONDON 2012 team uniforms sparked controversy"We have spoken to Adidas and they have assured us that they are investigating these allegations, the conclusions of which will be made public.

Flickr, Creative CommonsApril 27th, 2012 A number of Foxconn Workers protested despite alleged changes made to salary and working conditions

Creative CommonsWhy?GLOBALIZATION Has changed the game in productionIn 2012, Journalists fromGiving the public a sense of where their favorite products actually originate. exposed the Foxconn ProtestsNew York TimesBBC NewsCNNBloomberg BusinessWeek and Huffington PostFox NewsCompanies could present a more transparent view of their supply chain What Can Corporations Do?What can you Do?Try and Buy Fair Tradeexercise due diligence when buying from any company that makes fair-trade claims. The willingness of Fair Indigo, American Apparel and others to disclose their practices on the Web could help NY Times

Sources Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops, Bloomberg BusinessWeek http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_48/b4011001.htm.Background on Sweatshops, DoSomething.org http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/background-sweatshopsMass suicide' protest at Apple manufacturer Foxconn factory, The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9006988/Mass-Suicide-Protest-at-Apple-Manufacturer-Foxconn-factory.html. Foxconn Apple Factories Violated Chinese Labor Laws, According To Fair Labor Association, Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/foxconn-apple-factories-labor-violations_n_1389392.html. Labor Contract Law of the People's Republic of Chinahttp://en.cnci.gov.cn/Law/LawDetails.aspx?ID=6079&p=1.A Click on Clothes to Support Fair Trade, New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/25/technology/25ecom.html?pagewanted=all.Apple Supplier Foxconn Pledges to Improve Worker Conditions, http://www.neontommy.com/news/2012/03/apple-supplier-foxconn-pledges-improve-worker-conditions.Overseas Sweatshops are a U.S. Responsibility, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2007/06/overseas_sweats.html.Apple Addresses Foxconn Factory Report, BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17557630.Foxconn Workers Protest Wages, Threaten to Jump off Roof, Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/foxconn-apple-factories-labor-violations_n_1389392.html.

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