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Forever21 HARSH Working conditions.

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Transcript of Forever21 HARSH Working conditions.

When it comes to human rights for factory workers, there is always a problem. Many people have to work in dangerous conditions and get paid too little. Some of us might wonder, “if the workers disagree with how things run, then why do they still choose to work there?” This leads to one answer. Poverty. In a world where education and connections mean everything, it is hard for everyone to get a decent job. This is why children and teens all over the world drop out of school to help their parents support their family. Poverty is the reason why people choose to deal with such terrible working conditions.


Roots of the Problem:


Current Context
How has this issue changed and developed over time?
Right now, there are workers all around the world including Cambodia, Vietnam, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Haiti, Jordan, Indonesia, and the USA who are working under poor conditions for minimum wage and even less. A Forever21 worker claims she was “paid 12¢ a piece of article she would sew to the vests that was sold for $13.80”. It would take her 67 vests to reach minimum wage. American workers who make Forever21 clothing have complained of sweatshop like conditions. At the moment corporations and industries are becoming more globalized.
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What is Being Done to Address This Problem?
Think about it, what does your usual day look like?
You go to school, learn, have lunch, and at the end of the day, some go home while others hang out with friends. You may even go shopping at H&M, Urban, perhaps Forever 21? Though this may seem like a typical teenagers life, there are kids out there who only dream of doing this. Instead, they spend countless hours working to create a finished product that you will later receive.
Working immeasurable hours is only the surface of the issue. Another issue that needs to be addressed is the sweatshop-like conditions that these workers are forced to endure and only get paid small amounts, such as a Forever 21 worker who claims she only got paid 12 cents for every piece of clothing she finished.
The U.S Labor Department issued a subpoena, meaning that forever 21 has to appear before court to respond to their charges because they violated the Fair Labor Standard Act.

They’ve been in court for the last couple of years.

Another thing that we have taken into our own hands to adress this problem is going straight to the source, Forever 21. To further our understanding and research, we decided to go and "interview" the manager at forever 21. At first we reached out to them by phone. As we were asking questions it seemed as if they were very uneducated on where their clothes were being produced, we tried to edecuate and inform the manager about the situatuon but the manager was greatly dismissive.
Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
This issue has developed over time due to the corrupted society we live in. We live in a world where the only support system we have is by working daily. Through out the years more companies have grown and have became enriched by the products they have created. The companies are so corrupted with the system they only care about gaining money. They will do anything to have more money. This is why harsh labor conditions exist.
What are We Going to Do?
In order to make a change, we need to
do
something and
start
somewhere. So for starters, as a group we all have joined several petitions online to bring forever21 into further investigation and we hope that you as a class will too. We can all spread awareness by telling our peers and family members. Although this is very hard because it is something that does not effect you physically and does not change your daily life, we hope you get our message and understand how inhumane these workers are treated. A popular webite that you can start at is:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-forever-21-to-stop-forced-child-labor-in-cotton


Facts:
1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).
Because of poverty, people are practically being forced to work in these factories with terrible conditions.

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Globalization
Globalization is a way of connecting and trading with other countries while sharing ideas, products and other aspects of culture. Third world countries, in this case, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Haiti, Jordan and Indonesia, produce the clothing we are wearing. They do not always benefit from the idea of globalization because it forces citizens of those third world countries to work harder for less money due to our ways of supply and demand. The workers recieve thier materials from China and or Uzbekistan and from there they create the clothing. When a worker is finished with the article of clothing the third world country then ships it out to the first world country, in this case the United States.
Citations
http://www.whatworksforamerica.org/ideas/the-continuing-evolution-of-american-poverty-and-its-implications-for-community-development/#.U4VPOXnTD8s

http://www.nber.org/digest/jun06/w11681.html
FOR:
On the Forever21 website “(on employees)...pay them wages which are fair...prohibits the use of forced or slave labor, child labor, or prison labor.”
AGAINST:
US Labor Department enforced a subpoena (to appear before a court). They stated, “Since 2008, our investigators have identified dozens of manufacturers producing goods for Forever21 under sweatshop like conditions...refuse to comply with subpoenas, they demonstrate clear disregard for the law…”
Sides of the Current Debate
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-forever-21-to-stop-forced-child-labor-in-cotton
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