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15 Facts about Sweatshops

November 8, 2011 by antoniapulido98 · No Comments · projects

  • 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25.

     

    Sweatshop workers earn 1/2-1/4 less of what they need to pay off transportation, food, shelter, energy, and clothing, education

     

    In order to meet the basic nutritional needs of their families, sweatshop workers spend between 50% to 75% of their income on food alone.

     

    For less than 1% of Nike’s advertising budget, wages could be doubled for all workers making Nike university clothing.

     

    The International Labour Organization has estimated that of the 250 million children, 61% in Asia, 32% in Africa and 7% in Latin America work in sweatshops.

     

    Dirty, Unsanitary working environments which lead to diseases, etc.

     

    Lack of Overtime Work payment

     

    No health insurance is provided

     

    Verbal harrasment towards the workers (pressure)

     

    Annualy, almost 75% of Nike workers in Indonesia quit due to the deplorable work conditions.

     

    On average, a migrant worker works about 12 hours a day, 26 days a month.

     

    In a sweatshop in Capetown, theres only 3 toilets for about 2,000 workers.

     

    22 million children die annually due to the hazardous conditions in the sweatshops.

     

    1/6 of the children in the world work at a sweatshop

    On average, a sweatshop worker earns about $200 a year.

Sources:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2009/10/funding-sweatshops-globally.html

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-sweatshops

 

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=185247721732&topic=13628

 

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lormand/poli/nike/nikelabor.htm

 

http://www.waronwant.org/overseas-work/sweatshops-and-plantations/china-sweatshops

 

 

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