Sunday, July 31, 2016

MEET TRUMP'S CHEAP FOREIGN SWEATSHOP LABOUR IN THE HONDURAS

Sounds about right.

This is coming to 'Murica.

CHOLOMA, Honduras — Hour after hour, the workers bent over sewing machines in a sweltering factory here. Despite indoor temperatures above 100 degrees, they said, they limited themselves to small sips of water for fear that even bathroom breaks would cause them to miss their production quotas and lose desperately needed pay.

“You have to put up with it to have an income,” said one supervisor whose white hair was pulled back in a loose bun. She asked not to be named for fear of being fired from her job. In recent years, she said, that job included sewing shirts emblazoned with Donald Trump’s brand.

...But when it comes to his own businesses, Trump has for years relied on cheap labor in overseas factories to manufacture clothing for his line of men’s suits, shirts, and ties sold under the Trump label available at Amazon and, until last year, Macy’s.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment about the clothing or its production.

From 2004 until last year, Trump contracted with apparel giant Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, or PVH. PVH, in turn, subcontracted some production to Protexsa, a garment manufacturing company owned by one of Honduras’ wealthiest families. Activists said that Protexsa was known for tough working conditions even in a country where workers are frequently abused and silenced.

...“You are enslaved by the production goals,” said one former worker who said she was fired without explanation in December. The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation by her former employer, said she worked there from around 2009 until December, making, she said, approximately $61 a week plus a bonus of $8 if she met production goals, which rarely happened. That came out to about $1.60 an hour, she said, and left her with a chronically sore right shoulder from hunching over a sewing machine.

[source : Meet The Workers Who Sewed Donald Trump Clothing For A Few Dollars A Day, BuzzFeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/karlazabludovsky/meet-the-workers-who-sewed-donald-trump-clothing-for-a-few-d?utm_term=.rfNLEeOwg#.tdYPRqJLD, 22nd July 2016]

So in 2009 Trump was effectively paying a woman in The Honoduras $1.60 an hour to make his clothing.

Do we think he will bring all his jobs, and those of his daughter, back to 'Murica?

And if so then what legislation will he ram through so that he and his daughter continue to live in luxury?

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