ANTI-SWEATSHOPS CAMPAIGN PROJECT
What women put up with in sweatshops
There are many laws, rules and regulations upholding the rights of women workers in the country.
Despite, many women workers (especially unionists) are victims of discrimination, harassment and abuse in their work places.
Oftentimes, women tolerate dire conditions and shun complaining or more forceful action for fear of losing their jobs.
Korean manager points gun at union organizer
Roh Fung, the Korean manager of Royal House, Inc. [not their real names] pointed a 45-caliber pistol at sewer Sebastian Andres [not his real name] after he balked at signing a resignation letter and a blank sheet of paper – which later contained a statement that Andres was apologizing for causing damage to the company due to union formation – last December 1, 2002.
THIS IS FORCED LABOR!
(Forced overtime, a new form of forced labor, also hazardous to health)
To meet export orders, many Philippine companies, including those inside economic zones, are resorting to a new form of forced labor — long, long hours of forced (many times under-compensated) overtime.
APPAREL COMPANY SUPPLIES ADDICTIVE DRUGS TO WORKERS DURING OVERNIGHT WORK!
(Yet underpays them for all the effort.)
Workers of Assembly Apparel (not its real name) say the company gave out Duromine Phentermine-not ordinarily prescribed by doctors-to workers to keep them awake during once a week overnight work dating back to September 2002. Aside from the drug, the company also provides workers with Extra Joss, an energy drink.
EMPLOYERS ARE CAUSING UTI AND KIDNEY PROBLEMS – TUCP
Companies’ failure to provide sufficient and clean rest rooms (CRs) and severe restriction on their use are resulting in an explosion of UTI and kidney problems among many workers, increasing absenteeism and jeopardizing workers’ health and productivity.