Sunday, January 01, 2017

WELCOME TO THE COMMUNIST CHINESE SWEATSHOP THAT MAKES SHOES FOR IVANKA TRUMP

Didn't Ivanka want something to do with child care in daddy's administration?

And is daddy hoping to bring these working conditions to 'Murica to make it great again while he makes Greater Israel?

In recent months, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has deployed his daughter Ivanka to show that the family has a compassionate side, which, among other things, will push both her and her father to advocate for better lives for working people. Such ideals are easier to trumpet than to implement, however, especially when it comes to the many-tentacled global supply chain of subcontractors that the Trumps use to produce their brands.

Workers at one Chinese footwear factory that, according to US customs data available on the ImportGenius database, has made more than 130,000 pounds of Ivanka Trump-brand shoes, describe being subjected to an array of workplace indignities, some that would potentially qualify as violations of local labor law. Workers say that the factory, Xuankai Footwear Ltd., located in the Houjie area of Dongguan in China’s Pearl River Delta, required them to work lengthy shifts stretching up to 16 hours that tested and exceeded the limits of human endurance. Some workers also allege that the factory paid illegally low overtime rates and systematically delayed wage payments.

“I couldn’t do it,” said one 26-year-old worker, who had been previously employed in several other Houjie shoe factories but said he quit after mere hours at Xuankai. “I was too scared.”

...Xuankai was different. Workers there told me that they were generally given only two days of rest per month and commonly worked 12-hour shifts, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with two one-hour meal breaks. A former employee surnamed Tian — who had quit the factory just days before, but still carried his Xuankai badge — said that in his months at the factory, he would sometimes have to work from 8 a.m. until 1 or 2 the following morning, with two hours of breaks during the long shifts. “We got to sleep for six hours,” said Tian. “If we worked until after three in the morning, we could start the next day at 9:15.”

[source : Long Hours, Low Wages Alleged at Ivanka Trump Shoe Factory, Yahoo, https://www.yahoo.com/style/long-hours-low-wages-alleged-141828265.html, 12th October 2016]

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