From the National Labor Committee in the USA:
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:
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.