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[Public Letter] Workers’ Participatory Monitoring Model to Protect Labor Rights in China

To: Mr. Michael Eisner, CEO of Walt Disney Company
From: Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM)

Date: 24th August, 2005

Re: Workers’ Participatory Monitoring Model to Protect Labor Rights in China

Dear Mr. Robert Iger,

Workers’ Participatory Monitoring Model to Protect Labor Rights in China

Greetings from Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).

We are a group of students and teachers from all the eight universities in Hong Kong who believe in social justice, human equality and worker rights. [...]

New York Times: Group calls Disney site sweatshop

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A labor watchdog group has accused Walt Disney of condoning sweatshop conditions and worker abuse at the Chinese factories it uses to produce some of its children’s books.

Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the group, the National Labor Committee, listed its accusations at a news conference on Thursday in New York. The committee used the occasion to hand out videos and research papers made along with Chinese campaigners who, it said, had documented forced 15-hour shifts, the violation of minimum-wage laws and dangerous conditions resulting in widespread worker injuries at Chinese [...]

Fox news: Disney to Investigate Sweatshop Claims

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The Walt Disney Co. said Friday it has hired an auditor to investigate claims that its Chinese contractors pay workers below minimum wage, demand excessive overtime and cheat labor monitors by faking pay slips.

Disney said it has asked the nonprofit firm Verite, a social auditing and training firm, to probe allegations by the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a new group aimed at protecting Chinese workers’ rights.

In New York, the National Labor Committee released a videotape of people with faces obscured to hide their identities who said they were [...]

London Evening Standard: Disney inquiry on ‘sweatshop’ claims

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MEDIA giant Walt Disney says it will investigate claims of sweatshop conditions at two Chinese factories that make books for the company.

A US labour rights advocacy group, the National Labor Committee, says conditions in the two factories are unsafe with employees forced to work up to 13 hours a day for well-below the legal minimum wage.

The NLC released a video of people with faces obscured to hide their identities who said they were workers at the Hung Hing printing factory in Shenzhen province and faced dangerous conditions.

Campaign group the National Labor Committee said factory staff in China’s Shenzhen province worked up to 13-hour days for less than the minimum wage.

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US media giant Walt Disney has said it will investigate claims that staff at factories in China making books for the firm are working in unsafe conditions.

Campaign group the National Labor Committee said factory staff in China’s Shenzhen province worked up to 13-hour days for less than the minimum wage.

It said workers at the Hung Hing printing factory struggled in stifling and dangerous conditions.