Disney has long emphasized magic in its products. Yet, for workers in Disney’s supplier factories in China, this magic has never worked. In reality, these workers are exploited by Disney: facing risks of having their fingers crushed by the old machinery and being exposed to chemicals and dust, they work long hours but earn low wages. These people have put in a great deal of effort to produce products, thus helping to sustain and spread the fantasy woven by Disney. However, their contribution has never been acknowledged – they even lack a proper and legitimate remuneration.
Joint statement of labour organisations on missing compensation and poor working conditions in Disney’s supplier factories
[Report] No Wonderland for Workers: Investigative Report on Labour Conditions at Disney’s Supplier Factories in China
Since our founding in 2005, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has been concerned about the labour conditions of Disney’s supplier factories in China. Our earlier investigation revealed frequent work injuries in these factories, and a number of employees’ fingers had been cut off due to ageing equipment. Disney responded by introducing some changes to factories and making their list of factories public. Yet a “fairy-tale ending” has yet to be realized: 10 years later, our new investigative report finds that the employees still hardly make ends meet, with considerable risk of getting injured.
[Statement] Demand American Eagle, Hollister, Levi’s, GAP, Wal-mart, H&M to improve working conditions and stop sandblasting now!
5 September 2014, Hong Kong
Last year, a joint report entitled Breathless for Blue Jeans: Health Hazards in China’s denim factories by SACOM, ITUC/GUF Hong Kong Liaison Office (IHLO), War on Want and Clean Clothes Campaign found workers lack the occupational health and safety protection and their working condition remain exploitative and the deadly sandblasting was still common in the industry. SACOM and other groups launched a global campaign and urged the involved brands to respond and improve the working condition immediately.
Open Letter to CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Respect trade union rights; start collective negotiation with store closure programme affected workers now!
President & CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walmart Home Office
702 SW 8th Street
9 April 2014, Hong Kong
Dear Mr. McMillon,
It has come to our concern that Walmart China is undergoing a large-scale closure programme. Alone in March 2014, at least six Walmart stores have been closed down[i]. According to Financial Times, Walmart China has planned to close about 20 stores by the end [...]
Widespread Labour Abuses at Disney and Mattel Factories ICTI doesn’t care about labour rights standards
[Hong Kong, 7 January 2013]
Today, the Hong Kong Toys and Game Fair is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is the venue for the brands and manufacturers to seek business opportunities. Yet, the Toys Fair will not care about if the labour practices in the toy factories are fair for the workers or not. From July to November 2012, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) investigated the Dongguan Tianyu Toys Co. Ltd. and the Dongguan Chang [...]