Wal-Mart, other US corporations, use child labour in Bangladesh

Child labour cartoon, United States, 1902From the National Labor Committee in the USA:

National Labor Committee: Child Labor Is Back: Children Again Sewing Clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and Other U.S. Companies


To: National Desk, Labor Reporter

Contact: Charles Kernaghan of National Labor Committee, 212-242-3002

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ — The following was released today by the National Labor Committee (NLC) on child labor:

An estimated 200 children, some 11 years old or even younger, are sewing clothing for Hanes, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and Puma at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh.

The children report being routinely slapped and beaten, sometimes falling down from exhaustion, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, even some all-night, 19- to 20-hour shifts, often seven days a week, for wages as low as 6 and a half cents an hour.

The wages are so wretchedly low that many of the child workers get up at 5 a.m. each morning to brush their teeth using just their finger and ashes from the fire, since they cannot afford a toothbrush or toothpaste.

See also here.

The TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, is refusing to back down over a decision to let out its congress hall this Friday to a British company whose suppliers are alleged to use sweatshop labour in Bangladesh to manufacture cheap T shirts: here.

Bangladesh elections 2008: here.


10 thoughts on “Wal-Mart, other US corporations, use child labour in Bangladesh

  1. RE: UK: from Blair PR man to Walmart union buster
    Posted by: Jon N (View Website)
    Date: 02/17/06 at 10:21 AM (
    Hi Kitty, Thanks for this post. I just came home from a union meeting where we discussed Wal Mart’s negative impact on local economies. My local donated some money, (not much unfortunately), to a campaign to stop Wal Mart from building a second store near here. Saw you got the cartoon from the Black Commentator. I’m so glad you link to them. I’m trying to learn a bit more about the protest you went to. Nothing about this issue in the English Language labor press, and I haven’t had time to really go digging around in the web.

    RE: Wal-Mart and Black Commentator
    Posted by:

    Date: 02/17/06 at 12:41 PM
    Hi Jon, thanks for reacting. The Black Commentator by the way has a story on Wal-Mart at http://www.blackcommentator.com/171/171_cover_wal_mart.html

    Unfortunatelty, there is no (or seems to be no) Black Commentator RSS feed, like at many other good sites which make it a bit harder to find latest updates.

    The GMB union site to which I link in this entry has more on Wal-Mart in the UK.

    RE: UK: from Blair PR man to Walmart union buster
    Posted by: Jon N (View Website)
    Date: 02/17/06 at 10:26 AM
    sorry about the double post. I got a series of weird error messages when I attempted to post. Then my comments finally posted, twice. ??? Oh well. By the way, I like so many of the things that you post on, I feel like you and I agree on a great many things:birds, unions, evolution, war. I doubt that we agree on religion, but you wouldn’t happen to like Garage rock, would you? If I had time I’d devote a second web site just to music.

    RE: UK: from Blair PR man to Walmart union buster
    Posted by:

    Date: 02/17/06 at 12:46 PM (6M3w ago)
    Hi Jon, sometimes ModBlog goes briefly off the web; maybe that caused your posting problem.

    I like garage rock and many other types of music.


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