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Toy factory reported to have sweatshop conditions:

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As reported by the Institute for Global labour and Human Rights.
Holidays by Hasbro: Transformers from Hell

Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbro's Transformers

  • Workers housed in filthy, over-crowded dorms, infested with rats and bed bugs.
  • Workers report they cannot sleep at night from the bed bug bites.
  • Workers describe factory food as "Pretty much like swine food." * * *Workers allowed less than 9 minutes to assemble each Hasbro Transformer, for which they are paid 17 cents.
  • "We are drenched in sweat, " workers say. Factory temperatures soar to 104 degrees F in summer.
  • During peak season, workers toil 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, while earning a take-home wage of just 92 cents an hour.
  • Workers undergo three body-searches each day, are not permitted to talk or lift their heads to look around, and need permission to use the bathroom.
  • Hasbro is open to the hiring of 14 and 15-year-olds on a "case-by-case basis."
  • Workers in the spray paint department fear they are being exposed to dangerous solvents.
  • There are no fire drills and some emergency exits are locked.
  • During the slow season, hundreds of workers are fired under false charges so management does not have to pay their legal severance.
  • Workers are cheated of paid sick leave and maternity leave.
  • Workers describe their work as mindless, miserable, constantly monotonous, yet furious and exhausting.
Since this is a Chinese factory, it's not all too surprising this case is occurring. Similar cases have popped up before. I don't think it's even limited to toys. However, this specific instance of sweatshop toy factory has a very detailed report, over 30 pages. The quoted bit is just the executive summary. This horrible condition the workers suffer is a violation of Hasbro's stated principles of ethics, and well, laws.

A few things to keep in mind:
  1. Given the source, the report appears to be legit See posts 14, 21 and 26. The writer of the report does not seem to be somebody reputable, although the photos inside the report itself look real.
  2. Despite how the report throws around words like "Hasbro's employees", the factory itself is not actually owned by Hasbro. As mentioned in the report, the factory produces toys for other companies, not just Hasbro.
  3. Not to say that Hasbro should be free from blame, as they are using this factory for profit. It's just that they aren't the ones running the factory. It's really one of many that they contracted with to manufacture their toys.

edited 22nd Dec '11 5:51:31 PM by ThatHuman

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 2 USAF713, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:06:52 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Fucking sweatshops. >_<
I am now known as Flyboy.
 3 pvtnum 11, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:17:14 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Just one more grain of sand on a beach of reasons why I don't like global commerce. Miccrosoft gets a number of products from sweatshops like this, for example. The one I read about was computer mice.
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 4 Blue Ninja 0, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:19:08 PM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Now cue Hasbro making a big public apology and statement to change ... followed by continued payment to the sweatshop for toys.
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 5 pvtnum 11, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:19:39 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Yeah... business as usual.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
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Right, I don't see the problem, I never have, it's cheap so that means the final product is cheap, and people complain about having to spend less?
 7 USAF713, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:24:45 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
...
I am now known as Flyboy.
 8 Rocket Dude, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:25:00 PM from AZ, United States
This hat doesn't fit!
Uh, we generally don't feel good knowing that people had to suffer to make the things we use.
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 9 pvtnum 11, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:26:19 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
That's not what we're complaining about at all.

My gripe is: They're treated like crap. We're addicted to cheap goods made in China (and elsewhere). We demand fair worker compensatio here, but hypocritically don't care as a whole that our cheap gooods have to be made with a human price elsewhere. Corporations pay lip-service to these things, and the cycle continues.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
Cmdr. of His Supremacy's Armed Forces
Okay, just to clarify, I do always go for the product that's been made fairly, I hate sweatshops but I can't do nowt about them, so I stopped caring.
 11 pvtnum 11, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:29:20 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Ah, but you are doing something - you're not buying the cheaply-made good. You're not giving yoru money to help perpetuate the system.

Yeah, it's like trying to toss starfish out to sea after the tide goes out. There's so many that you might as well not bother, but that one starfish you tossed back sure is grateful...
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
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Yeah, what pvt said. Also, if news of this particular case spreads out enough, there could be enough bad PR that something has to be done. Although, it might just mean Hasbro pulling out of this one factory.

edited 22nd Dec '11 1:32:22 PM by ThatHuman

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It's another failing of global capitalism. Such brazen exploitation is saddening to see.
 
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Hmm, I just found out something about the report. it was written by Charles Kernaghan. As in, this guy:

The human rights activist who claims Kardashian clothing items are made by child slaves in China just told TMZ ... he's never actually been to the factory where the Kardashian gear is made.

Charles Kernaghan — the head of the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights — called in to "TMZ Live" today and said because he's been investigating factories in China for years ... he feels comfortable ASSUMING the place is a sweat shop.
I am not sure what this means for the report itself. Hopefully, somebody will do more digging in and clear this up.
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@Pvtnum: Its not global commerce to blame. Its that companies can make scads more profit by taking advantage of countries where basic human and workers rights laws dont exist.
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Right, I don't see the problem, I never have, it's cheap so that means the final product is cheap, and people complain about having to spend less

This is a pretty disgusting opinion for anyone to have.
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To be fair. its kind of how it works. People complain constantly about outsourcing jobs to other countries, but they'd be even madder if their tshirts from walmart cost 40 dollars.
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[up] Doesn't make it less terrible.
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 19 Loid, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 4:26:19 PM from Eastern Standard Time
Actually, it's still cheap to make them here, and there still is a profit at low prices.
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Also: seconding Culex.

Given that the profit margin on the item is probably far greater then what it should be, paying the sweatshop marker a little more then piss-all wouldn't have a great impact on the cost of the product.

Unless, of course, the business owners forced the cost onto the customers.
 
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So, yeah. I wanna restate post #14. I'm not sure if I was clear enough...

Basically, since the guy behind the report has done crap like insisting that a factory for the Kardashian clothing items uses child slave labor.. despite having never actually seen that factory, I myself am becoming uncertain about the legitimacy of the report.
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 22 Loid, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 4:44:28 PM from Eastern Standard Time
Yes, but this report has pictures and quotes from workers, along with accurate measurements of conditions, what about the Kardashian one?
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There's been some suspicion that this one is a clever fabrication, I mean. When you consider at the article on the Kardashian thing, the guy might not be somebody to completely trust. I think the suspicion is that this might be an elaborate hoax to condemn actual sweatshops in China. I'm not sure what to believe about this specific case anymore.

edited 22nd Dec '11 4:50:03 PM by ThatHuman

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 24 Loid, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 4:52:57 PM from Eastern Standard Time
But still, those are different cases, that Kardashian was an admitted assumption which was clearly different from this one. There's no evidence that this is false and it brings up plenty of evidence to support itself.
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 25 Joesolo, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 4:54:15 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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HOW IS THIS NEWS TO ANYBODY?! It's frickin China, their famous for this. I'm impressed it's not a prison camp making them.
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