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For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Shocka on Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:26 am

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Today, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is releasing an explosive 40 page report "Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell," including scores of photographs and documents smuggled out of the Jet Fair toy factory in China.

The Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbro's Transformers. "I challenge Hasbro's executives to imagine their own sons and daughters working under such miserable sweatshop conditions," said Institute director Charles Kernaghan. "It does not have to be this way."

■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 at "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.

"While Hasbro demands all sorts of enforceable laws backed up by sanctions to protect their Transformers and other toys," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, "when it comes to the workers in China, Hasbro is happy to offer them useless voluntary codes of conduct which are designed to fail. Nothing will change until Hasbro and the other toy companies are held legally accountable to comply with internationally recognized workers' rights standards."




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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by DroothR on Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:43 am

Wow, that's pretty damned weak. pale

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by The Dr Of Style on Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:51 am

I'm sure you can exchange Habro Factory with Nike Factory, Sony Factory, Mattel Factory, anything Factory.......And don't be eating chocolate while you read this as you know child labour is where all that started too.....and the old laptop you're reading this on and about to throw away ends up in Nigeria or India as e waste.... oh how easy it is to be a rich white man ......Saddly this is increasingly how the world is going...........having said that if my pre-orders don't ship on time I'll be pissed...

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Xenaphobia on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:48 pm

Wow. Those kids must be smart.

Sometimes it takes me over 9 minutes to "transform" a Transformer - yet they're able to assemble the whole thing in under 9 minutes! They need a raise. And a workplace that doesn't closely resemble hell.

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Gevaudin on Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:18 am

Those conditions sound terrible. Sad

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Otter on Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:55 am

And here we complained about Marvel legends going from $18 from Toy Biz to $30 from Hasbro.
Obvioulsy the cost of manufacture hasnt gone up (hence the poor conditions) just the amount of profit Hasbro make.

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by HotToyKid on Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:07 pm

The electronics manufacturers are just as bad

The Dark Side of Apple.

"Daisey's trip to the heart of world electronics manufacturing, Shenzhen, where more than half of the world's electronic goods are made.
He interviewed scores of workers and toured the factories while posing as a US businessman and was shocked to learn that people were literally being worked to death to meet Western gadget lust. From long hours to inhumane and robotic working and living conditions to suicide and child labour, Daisey saw things that switched off his innate desire to always have the latest piece of kit.

The general public had become so cut off from the means of production that we were largely ignorant to the fact that the factories that make our gadgets are installing nets around their buildings to catch suicidal workers"

http://m.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/the-dark-side-of-apple-20110930-1l0ne.html








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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Otter on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:29 am

I think I heard on the radio that it only costs $9 USD to make an iPad

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by Jor-El on Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:54 am

Otter wrote:I think I heard on the radio that it only costs $9 USD to make an iPad

Lol, capitalism FTW. :p

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Re: For shame, Hasbro.

Post by The Dr Of Style on Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:46 am

Mentioned on Sunrise this morning that exports of toys from China last year fell 20%

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