published April 2013
It is more than time to STOP supporting gigantic international corporations which employee people in countries outside of the USA and pay them absolute shit to work 13+ hour days in abhorrent conditions.
We have exported “America” out of this country & she now lies dying on the floors of sweat shops, in the tears of the slave laborers & on the cold empty plates of Americans who have no job, no money & no home.
We need to WAKE UP and realize that America is crumbling before our eyes. Supporting conglomerates like Wal-Mart means you AGREE with their practices – stand up for your fellow human beings & the planet and say NO to the systematic take down of our country (before it is too late).
As a side note – it is not just the physical/economic ramifications that come from supporting products produced from the sweat and tears of its workers. It is also the EXTREME energetic consequences of wearing / using the fear, sadness and despair that is transferred over from the workers who create said products. Regardless if you consciously acknowledge where your purchase came from, if you do not do the research to see what you are actually getting you will end up with a LOT more than you bargained for (all while trying to save a few bucks – not worth it!).
VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY!
“Many U.S. retailers have ties to sweatshops, which are usually foreign owned and operated.
- Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Sears, The May Company and Federated Department are five U.S. Corporations that rely on sweatshop labor.
- The May Company owns and operates Lord & Taylor, Hecht’s, Filene’s and other companies.
- The Federated Department owns and operates Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Burdine’s, Stern’s, etc.
- Guess? Clothing Co. is one of the worse offenders according to the Department of Labor. They have been cited for labor abuses and are suspended indefinitely from the Department of Labor’s list of “good guys” because their contractors were cited for so many sweatshop violations.”
Then there are those companies who set up operations overseas to get around U.S. labor laws. Nike, Disney, Wal-Mart, Reebok, Phillips-Van Heusen, the Gap, Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren are some companies that have set up operations overseas. These companies get away with exploiting workers because the Department of Labor only requires that companies have “internal monitoring policies.” Therefore there is no way of knowing whether companies are telling the truth or not. Companies like Nike pay private accounting firms to come into their factories and assess the working conditions as “independent” monitors.” Even when these companies are caught infringing on workers rights they don’t receive harsh punishment.”
Also, in June of 2011 the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights released this report which alleged that workers producing clothing (working under the third party company “Classic”) for Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s and Hanes at a factory in Jordan have been routinely raped, beaten, underpaid and forced to work excessive hours to those allowed by law. The garments produced enter the U.S. duty-free under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement. The report goes on to state, “Through the Institute/National Labor Committee‘s reports, the Ministry of Labor has been made aware of the sexual abuse as early as 2007, but has done nothing. The standard shift at Classic is 13 hours a day, six and seven days a week, with some 18 ½ hour shifts before the clothing must be shipped to the U.S. According to witness testimonies, workers are routinely cursed at, hit and shortchanged of their wages for failing to reach their mandatory production goals. To press the women to work faster, managers grope and fondle them. The workers—who are from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Egypt, earn a take-home wage of just 61 cents an hour.“
And these are some great comments/quotes from a debate titled “Overseas Sweatshops Are a U.S. Responsibility“:
Trina Tocco writes (back in 2007 no less!):
“I have just returned from a trip to Bangladesh and would like to respectfully disagree with the BW.com staff perspective. I met with a few factory managers who all agreed it was the companies that have pressured them to change, and it will continue to be the large buyers like Wal-Mart that must enforce standards that Americans expect their products to be made under. It is the American companies that order the products and put so much time and energy into quality control. It is the American companies that approve the samples the factories produce. It is the American companies that monitor the factories. It is the American companies that determine the price they pay the factory in return for the products. It seems to me that the American companies have clearly made a commitment to their suppliers, and it is imperative that they continue to push for the enforcement of their standards regardless of whether the local governments can adequately enforce their laws. Ultimately, U.S. companies must be held to the same standards no matter where they do business, because that is what customers expect. It is the American companies (and U.S. consumers) that have created the incentives for sweatshops to exist, because of our desire for cheap products available whenever we want them. American companies can do more and should. After all, it seems that even factory managers would agree it is the American companies that have the power to make significant changes throughout their supply chains.”
& Peg Seriani writes (also in 2007):
“I am an MBA student, and my class just returned from a trip to China. While in Xian, we visited a textile factory and saw the conditions of a sweatshop firsthand. Our short tour through the factory floor was just unbearable. I can’t imagine working there every day for the rest of my life. The data point that I walked away with was that the documentaries and news articles about sweatshops are nothing compared to visiting them in person. The noise from the hundreds of 50-year-old spinning and weaving machines was so loud we could not have yelled to each other over the noise. It was deafening. The workers did not wear any hearing or breathing protection. The air was thick with cotton fibers. Our faces and eyes were irritated from the floating fibers. Visually, it was the most depressing place I have ever seen. I will never forget that tour and the vacant look of all the workers there. I absolutely think American businesses have a responsibility to make sure that their suppliers’ working conditions are humane, just as we expect them to be here. American companies should not put unreasonable price pressures on their foreign suppliers, because the savings will only come off the backs of the disadvantaged workers. Based on what I saw, I’d sum it up by saying that, saving an extra $5 on a T-shirt probably costs a worker 10 years of his or her life from a lifetime of working in a horrible environment.“
You might want to take this with you when shopping. It’s worth printing this and cutting it out to have in your wallet or purse. Let’s stop the outsourcing of our jobs.
ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK–CAREFULLY!
With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read the label at the grocery store and especially Tesco / Asda when buying food products.
Many products no longer show where they were made, only giving where the distributor is located. It is important to read the bar code to track its origin.
How to read Bar Codes …. Interesting! This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.
GREAT WAY TO “BUY BRITISH ” AND NOT FROM CHINA!!
The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods”. Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?
If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan.
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore, we have to do it ourselves.
Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 – Made in CHINA
00 – 09 – Made in USA & CANADA
30 – 37 – Made in FRANCE
40 – 44 – Made in GERMANY
471 – Made in TAIWAN
49 – Made in JAPAN
50 – Made in UK
Stay Safe All!