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Transcript of Injustice Prezi
By Dominic Lauer and Teagan Horkan
What is a sweatshop?
A sweatshop is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as a factory that violates 2 or more labor laws.
Sweatshops are found all over the world but are more common in underdeveloped countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, and North Korea
Workers in sweatshops have low wages, long hours and poor working conditions.
Why are they unjust?
The average wage in a Chinese sweatshop is 55¢ an hour
The federal minimum wage in the US is $7.25 an hour
Corporations that produce consumer goods (Nike, Adidas, GAP, Apple, Dell, etc.) need cheap labor. In China, factory owners are stuck between corporations that need low labor costs but also demand better working conditions for laborers.
To keep costs low, workers are treated poorly and paid very little money.
To meet demands, labor costs and consumer goods prices would increase.
One factory in Shenzhen, China has workers producing electronics in 12 hour shifts.
When new devices are revealed, shifts can extend up
to 16 hours
Many workers are under 16 and cannot go to school because they work all day
Nets line the sides of factories to prevent workers from committing suicide.
China's maximum legal work week is
Some employees are forced to sign contracts "volunteering" them to work overtime.
For 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, workers make between $150-200. Unions are illegal in China so these hours are unlikely to change.
These shifts can last a long as
hours, four times the length
of a legal working day
85-90% of sweatshop workers are women.
Workers are subjected to physical, sexual and verbal abuses by their male overseers.
Workers are not given pay if they are injured and they lack access to proper healthcare.
Xu Wenquan, a 16 year old
worker showed reporters his
hands, covered in blisters from burning himself on the hot plastic molds in the toy factory he works in.
A report by the
Shanghai Academy of
Social Sciences found that
over 40,000 fingers are
lost or broken
in factories near
When not producing iPhones, toys or clothing, workers are crammed in tiny living cells. The beds in these cells lack mattresses and are not large enough for the average American to sleep in.
In the Shenzhen factory, workers live in 12 by 12 foot rooms with 15 bunks each.
What Can We Do?
To reduce the injustices present in sweatshops, factories around the world must:
Follow labor laws set by the government
Increase the wages of workers
Prevent workplace injuries
Raise the standard of living in factory housing
Provide adequate access to healthcare for workers
Legalize worker unions
In the US we can help by:
Supporting companies that are against sweatshop labor
Buying products made in the US
Petitioning or boycotting corporations that use sweatshops
possible, economists estimate that doubling factory wages would only increase the price of a product by 1.8%
For more information visit
United Students Against Sweatshops
A survey found that Americans would be willing to pay 15% more on common sweatshop produced products if it ended sweatshop labor.