In the global economy, corporations demand enforceable laws - intellectual property and copyright laws - backed up by sanctions to protect their products. However, when we ask these same companies, "Can't we also protect the rights of the 16-year-old who made the product?," the companies respond: "No. That would be an impediment to free trade!" Young garment workers in Bangladesh share their experiences working for companies like Disney and Wal-Mart.
This video was created by the National Labor Committee, who according to their site:
In just the last few years the NLC has:A big thanks to ~♥ my Laborer~ at MySpace for pointing this out
- Helped bring massive and widespread media coverage to worker and human rights issues, raising them to a national level of public debate;
- Established groundbreaking models for independent monitoring of factories by local human rights and religious groups;
- Successfully pressured dozens of companies - including the Gap, Kathie Lee Gifford/Wal-Mart, and the Walt Disney Company - to improve conditions in supplier plants and to respect human and worker rights.
The National Labor Committee views worker rights in the global economy as indivisible and inalienable human rights and we believe that now is the time to secure them for all on the planet.