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Kho Yong Xiang, Sherwin Lau, Lee Shien Yang, Kenneth Koong, Koh Han Quan, Seah Ying Cong. Why the NLC was set up. Extent to which companies seek cheap labor In sweatshops. A moral crisis of the 21 st century. Dehumanization of global workforce. … has led to.
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Extent to which companies seek cheap labor
A moral crisis of the 21st century...
Dehumanization of global workforce
… has led to
“The struggle for rule of law in the global economy--to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of the millions of workers producing goods for the U.S. market--has become the great new civil rights movement of our time.”
“As [the workers] fight for the rights to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces and to earn a living wage, we will work with them to provide international visibility and backing for their efforts--and to press for international legal frameworks with effective enforcement mechanisms that will help create a space where fundamental internationally recognized worker rights can be assured.”
“The National Labour Committee views worker rights in the global economy as indivisible and inalienable human rights and we believe that now is the time to secure them for ALL on the planet.”
“Big on anecdotes, low on stats”
Transnational Companies, with their sprawling international empire, is difficult to regulate
We cannot go to the bathrooms when we want to go.
I can go (to the bathroom) 2 or 3 times a day… they will monitor how long we take.
I brush my teeth with ashes
Sumon is a junior machine operator at the Harvest Rich factory where he sews Hanes underwear and pajamas.
If he does not make 120 pieces of Hanes underwear an hour, he is subjected to physical abuse.
He is paid just 15 cents an hour. $1.21 a day.
Campaigned to improve Disney’s production facilities worldwide & Raise awareness of this issue
American Congress asked to ban/procure products made with sweatshop labour
Gained media and government attention
People started to boycott Disney’s products Criticize Disney
- 14-15 hours of work daily
- 7a.m. to 10p.m
- receiving one day off every four months
- 3.3 minutes given to sew each bikini, for which they are paid 4 cents
Increase public awareness