Things that make you go hmmm… Globalization of labor edition
over 2,000 multinational corporations have drawn over a half million workers, two thirds of them women, who get paid between $3.75 and $4.50 a day.
In El Salvador, women employees of Taiwanese maquilabor Mandarin are forced to work shifts of 12-21 hours during which they are seldom allowed bathroom breaks; they are paid about 18 cents per shirt, which is later sold for 20 dollars each. They make clothes for the GAP, J. Crew and Eddie Bauer.
In Haiti, women sewing clothing at Disney’s contract plants are paid 6 cents for every $19.99 101 dalmatians outfit they sew; they make 33 cents an hour. Meanwhile, Disney makes record profits and could easily pay workers a living wage for less than one half of 1 percent of the sales price of one outfit.
In Vietnam, 90 percent of Nike’s workers are females between the ages of 15 and 28. Nike’s labor for a pair of basketball shoes(which retail for 149.50) cost Nike $1.50, 1 percent of the retail price.