Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

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New York Daily News : Disney books tagged with sweatshop label

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The House of Mouse using sweatshops?

That was the charge an activist group made yesterday from outside the Disney Store on Fifth Ave. The protesters said most of Disney’s children’s books are made in two Chinese factories where workers put in up to 100 hours a week for pennies an hour.

“Disney is using this terrible standard of labor and building their company, including this store, on the backs of these workers,” said Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the National Labor Committee, which famously exposed sweatshop labor behind the brand name of [...]

The Standard : Disney vows to investigate claims of abuse at factories

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Allegations of dangerous work conditions, overwork and underpayment in mainland factories manufacturing merchandise for Hong Kong Disneyland will be investigated, the theme park’s officials said.

Disney’s response came after a group of Hong Kong students and scholars claimed in a 29-page report that factory workers in Dongguan, Shenzhen and Zhongshan are being abused by their bosses.

Disneyland spokesperson Alannah Goss said Thursday: “Disney takes these claims very seriously. We were not aware of the violations [...]

Times Online: Disney probes China ‘sweatshop’ claims

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Media giant Walt Disney has been forced to hire a team of external auditors to investigate fresh claims that its contractors have been operating “sweatshop” conditions in factories making children’s books in China.

Disney said it had hired not-for-profit group Verité to investigate the allegations, levelled through the National Labor Committee, the American human rights lobby group,

Last night, the committee published a report by the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a new group dedicated to protecting the rights of Chinese workers.

National Labour Committee : Unique Anti-Sweatshop Campaign Rocks Disney

J o i n t  P r e s s  C o n f e r e n c e s  i n  H o n g  K o n g  a n d  N e w  Y o r k  C i t y  a  M a j o r
S u c c e s s !
Yesterday, August 18, in a unique international solidarity effort, simultaneous press conferences held in Hong Kong and New York City reached Disney loud and clear with 125 press hits and counting as of 2:00 p.m.  Take Action! Write to Disney: Tell them to respect worker’s rights in China.

SACOM–Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior–along with ten of Hong Kong’s leading human, women’s, religious and labor rights organizations and the National Labor Committee have joined forces to demand that Disney:  disclose the names and addresses of the factories they use [...]

CNN: Disney sweatshops alleged

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NEW YORK (CNN) – The National Labor Committee, an anti-sweatshop advocacy group that once exposed labor abuses in apparel produced for Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line, made new charges Thursday against The Walt Disney Company, releasing a videotape alleging that two Chinese factories making books for Disney operate under unsafe conditions.

At a press conference, Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC, released an 11-minute videotape in which workers — their faces hidden — in the Hung Hing and Nord Race factories say they have been injured by unsafe equipment and show their bandaged [...]