November 21, 2008
“Looking for Mickey Mouse’s [...]
SACOM & Peuples Solidaires joint Disney campaign web site:
Disney report in French:
Disneyland Hong Kong opened on September 12th, 2005 and drew many tourists from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Asia. The Hong Kong government projects that Disneyland HK will generate a profit of HK$148 billion in the coming 40 years. It expects that 30,000 people will visit Disneyland HK everyday and projects that each of them may spend an average of HK$680. This amount implies the notion that Disneyland Hong Kong’s source of profit is not confined to the sale of tickets amounting to around HK$200 to $300 per person, but in fact relies heavily on the sale of consumer products such as toys, clothes, figurines, stationeries and other accessories.
A year after Walt Disney Co. banned Hao Wei Metal Plastic Manufactory as a supplier, Huang Renzhong got a job there sculpting melted globs of poly-resin into statuettes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Snow White.
Starting at 8 a.m., Huang regularly pulled 15-hour shifts. Sometimes he worked through the night in the dust-filled factory. Sometimes a month would pass before he had a day off. He said he was never compensated for overtime. [...]