Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbro's Transformers

Think about the toys you buy for your kids or as a collector... then read this. How are we to know, I do not feel guilty for buying toys, but the companies who buy these products to stock on shelves should.

  • 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. 

R.M.R.P. The REALvolution...

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