Report from the Global Factory
More and more U.S.-based corporations are “outsourcing” their production. The new sites of the global factory are in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Haiti, El Salvador and Mexico. Clothing, shoes, toys and sporting goods are often made by youngsters working in sweatshops, where wages are inadequate, hours are long and working conditions endanger safety and health. In this compelling and amusing presentation, Charlie Kernaghan spoke to a group of trade union leaders from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan at Harvard.
Charlie Kernaghan is the executive director of the National Labor Committee, an independent human rights organization based in New York. He is prominent in the movement in drawing attention to and helping correct the overseas labor practices of U.S. corporations like Kathie Lee, The Gap and Disney. The New York Times calls him “the labor movement’s mouse that roared.” www.nlcnet.org