Posts tagged "sweatshop"

The Daily Mail Fabricated A Controversy Over T-Shirts To Sully A Women’s Rights Organization, And It Worked

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt worn by politicians and celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch (posing in the shirt, above) was made by women in Mauritian sweatshops working 45 hour work weeks at 99 cents an hour, and sleeping in rooms with 15 other women. The shirt…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

Today In Crappy Retailers: TopShop Still Won’t Sign The Bangladesh Safety Accord

Back in April, hundreds of workers died after a building collapse at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. In the wake of this tragedy, the Bangladesh Safety Accord was created, with the aim of ensuring safety for clothing manufacturer employers. It’s overseen by the United Nation’s International Labor Organization, and signees to the accord agree…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2013

Woman Found Alive In Bangladesh Factory Collapse After 17 Days In Rubble

On April 24, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. On Thursday, 17 days after the five-story building fell to the ground, a final survivor was discovered. Reshma Begum, a seamstress at Rana Plaza, was pulled from the rubble, after rescue crews heard her banging on a pipe. “I heard the…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013

Alexander Wang Calls Lawsuit Plaintiff A “Bully”

Alexander Wang is not a happy man. The young designer was accused by former employee Wenyu Lu of running a sweatshop. Lu, in a $50 million lawsuit against the designer, claims that he was forced to work 84-hour work weeks sewing Wang’s clothes. And, Lu alleges, he once passed out after working for 25 hour…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 27, 2012

Nike Factory Forced To Pay Workers $1 Million In Unpaid Overtime Wages

In a workers’ rights victory, a factory manufacturing Nike products in Indonesia has been ordered to pay its workers more than $1 million in back wages for unpaid overtime. The 4,500 workers of the PT Nikomas plant in Bantan, Indonesia, will be compensated for more than 600,000 hours of unpaid overtime over the last two years (though…

By: Julie Gerstein / January 13, 2012

Report: Kardashians Gear Produced In “Brutal” Sweatshops

Several brands associated with the Kardashian Klan are being investigated for ties with sweatshop labor. According to Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people,” who are keeping workers “abused and virtually imprisoned.”…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 21, 2011