While cutting the Soccer World is in full swing, we went behind the scenes of this event, where usually lurk unscrupulous exploitation, cheap labor, repression, anything that shapes the true face of our global society.
Thirteen years after the solemn commitment of the industry and brands to end child labor in the stitching footballs, a new report released by the Clean Clothes Campaign stresses that child labor and poor working conditions remain the industry standard.
The famous Apple logo Apple company could well prove to be a poisoned fruit for working people who toil to produce goods at a discount Apple then sells at a high price. Child labor, suicides in series, starvation wages, miserable working conditions, industrial accidents and stocking workers, it seems that Steve Jobs, guru-president of the company, has built his fortune on the blood and sweat of workers.
The National Labor Committee denounces the working conditions of the Chinese factory KYE which produces computer peripherals for Microsoft and several American brands. Students recruited by the factory work more than 80 hours per week for 37 euro cents an hour (0,5 dollar). The rates are such (130 mice per hour) that exhausted employees sometimes sleep at their workstation during breaks. The workers are accommodated in more than basic collective dormitories and do not have showers.
"Because it is a poor country and the labor market is relatively unregulated there, labor costs in Haiti are competitive with those in China, the country with which you have to compare yourself worldwide "
Government ministers, International Bankers and Humanitarian Organizations Gathered in Montreal Monday to Discuss Haiti's Reconstruction Plans, ravaged by an earthquake. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages.
In recent years, the garment industry in Montreal is undergoing substantial changes. From the perspective of neoliberal globalization, Companies borrow more and more the way of relocation : factories are closed here and the machines shipped in the South, where labor, underpaid, costs less. The dismissed workers, On the other hand, se retrouvent souvent sur le tapis… C’est arrivé à Peerless, Gildan, Main Knitting. À Golden Brand – où sont confectionnés les vêtements de Moores Inc. - the 540 travailleurs-euses mis à pied ont obtenu 3,5 millions de dollars de compensation grâce aux pressions de Unite Here, leur syndicat. À l’Amour Inc., on the other hand, les ouvriers licenciés, en majorité des femmes immigrantes, n’ont pu bénéficier de l’appui du leur, un « syndicat de boutique » imposé par le patronat afin de tourner à son avantage les velléités d’organisation de ses employé-e-s. On another side, une organisation réellement dirigée par et pour ses membres aurait permis aux travailleurs-euses de sauver, à défaut de leur emploi, leur dignité et quelques meubles.