Transformers Daily News Source for Transformers 5, Titans Return, Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, Generations, Third Party, G1, Beast Wars, Reviews, Comics, Games & More Than Meets the Eye!
TFormers Transformers News and Reviews
facebook twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ youtube podcast rss
Transformers Movies
Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell - Freedom is Not the Right of All Sentient Beings?
MISB Steve - Monday, December 19, 2011


The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights has released a 40 page report today titled "Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell," which documents the working conditions complete with photographs of the Jet Fair toy factory located in Shenzen, a city in Guangdong Province, China.

The factory workers, the institute says, work "under such miserable sweatshop conditions," and director Charles Kernaghan says that "it does not have to be this way,"

The full press release is below:

NEW YORK and PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2011 PRNewswire via COMTEX -- Today, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is releasing an explosive 40 page report "Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell," including scores of photographs and documents smuggled out of the Jet Fair toy factory in China.

The Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbro's Transformers."I challenge Hasbro's executives to imagine their own sons and daughters working under such miserable sweatshop conditions," said Institute director Charles Kernaghan. "It does not have to be this way."

Workers housed in filthy, over-crowded dorms, infested with rats and bed bugs. Workers report they cannot sleep at night from the bed bug bites.

Workers describe factory food as "Pretty much like swine food".

Workers allowed less than 9 minutes to assemble each Hasbro Transformer, for which they are paid 17 cents.

"We are drenched in sweat," workers say. Factory temperatures soar to 104 degrees F in summer.

During peak season, workers toil 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, while earning a take-home wage of just 92 cents an hour.

Workers undergo three body-searches each day, are not permitted to talk or lift their heads to look around, and need permission to use the bathroom.

Hasbro is open to the hiring of 14 and 15-year-olds on a "case-by-case basis".

Workers in the spray paint department fear they are being exposed to dangerous solvents.

There are no fire drills and some emergency exits are locked.

During the slow season, hundreds of workers are fired under false charges so management does not have to pay their legal severance.

Workers are cheated of paid sick leave and maternity leave.

Workers describe their work as mindless, miserable, constantly monotonous, yet furious and exhausting.

"While Hasbro demands all sorts of enforceable laws backed up by sanctions to protect their Transformers and other toys," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, "when it comes to the workers in China, Hasbro is happy to offer them useless voluntary codes of conduct which are designed to fail. Nothing will change until Hasbro and the other toy companies are held legally accountable to comply with internationally recognized workers' rights standards."

SOURCE Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

New report: Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports?id=0642




Stay tuned to Tformers.com for more details as they are made available. Your best resource for all the Transformers news and community every day.

How do you feel about Hasbro employing sweatshops to make Transformers toys?
Unsure
Sad
Disappointed
Devastated
Boycott Hasbro

   Votes: 538  -  Poll Results

Facebook Social Comments


last 10 shown - scroll to view more   TFormers Member Comments
Jason X
2011-12-30
6:30 am

If it's between a largely symbolic boycott and enacting real trade reform then a boycott is absolutely a fools errand, though I'd be reluctant to call anyone a fool. It goes back to awareness. Few parties are aware and willing to target Hasbro specifically for perceived abuses of workers ri... read more 
Operation VaccuSuk
2011-12-27
5:48 am

Ah, the precursor to statistics... kinda humanizes the undertone of the proceedings. Facts: Kids like toys. Communist slave labor likes food. Win/win. Delve any deeper than that, and you are a fool because everyone knows it, it is successfully beneficial to all parties, and it is the way it wi... read more 
Jason X
2011-12-26
8:15 pm

Okay, this is a tough subject but I'm ready to add my two cents. I've been considering the issue of tariffs and trade reform for a long time now, but from the standpoint keeping jobs in the U.S. I believe that more would be accomplished with reform than boycotting. Alot of the justification... read more 
Operation VaccuSuk
2011-12-24
6:26 pm

Is it safe to assume that at least some of the money hasbro (and in essence their clientele) and other US companies pay to these Chinese manufacturing factories is filtered into their communist government's military and weapons development program? I don't know, maybe I'm just being par... read more 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-12-24
9:31 am

Or just do what others do and ignore the posts. Anyway With this being business as usual as China is hardly alone Honduras is even worse. Walmart and some of its celeb lines got pounded a few years back for the same thing. So even if this was brought out in the open its nothing new and wont be the... read more 
Blitz-Wing
2011-12-24
3:03 am

If you want to ignore members and their posts, that's fine. Don't justify it in the open please. It leads to more trolling. Back on topic... 
MikePrime
2011-12-23
5:57 pm

Who said anything about fans? I'm talking about Hasbro and Paramount. I would also like to see some solid evidence that people would have rejected anything other than Bayformers. 
robo_rob
2011-12-23
5:05 pm

Heh, I've been hearing the back handed comments so long... I don't know what this fandom would be without them. Though it would certainly be nice... 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-12-23
7:56 am

Face it we are all one degree separated from Terkkies and SW Buffs. And Taxi I wouldn't worry about it. business will continue as usual. and honestly I've seen worse treatment. They are actually better off then people in Iraq 
TheForgottenTaxi
2011-12-23
5:08 am

Re: Hasbro's response: I sincerely hope this supposed investigation leads to improvements. Because seriously, I want those damn Transformers Prime figures. They look amazing. I'm skeptical of course, but I'd like to hold out hope. Of course, I have a nasty suspicion that even if they *di... read more 
»  Read ALL Forums Posts & Replies
»  Post a Comment on This Story!  (membership required)

More Transformers Movies News
Tencent Games and Hasbro today officially announced a new Transformers Online shooter. The game is a competitive online action shooter powered by Unreal Engine 4, and in other words, it will be similar to Overwatch in gameplay style. Transformers will start closed beta in China on August 5 and the game will reveal more details at ChinaJoy 2016 later this week. Stay tuned for our following coverage.
Prime1Studio has once again posted teaser images to Instagram for an upcoming statue based on the Transformers movies, this time of Shockwave! The Dark Of The Moon setpiece/cameo - it's a stretch to call him a "character" given his role in the film - is the latest in their line highly-detailed high-end statuary. Keep reading to see the images.
Click here to view the Radio Free Cybertron live stream for 6/29/2016!
Roll Out with this piece of tranformers history on the actual Chromia Motorcycle prop from the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie. No lie, the posting on Los Angles Craiglist is offering what it is listing as the "actual motorcycle used in the movie, with artist proof and artwork" for sale at $15,000. Based on the 2009 Suzuki B-King motorcycle, the listing includes numerous details on the item. Read on for the full details and images of the Chromia Motorcycle.
In a move that had to be more or less inevitable, TakaraTomy has added Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to their MetaColle line! Short for "Metal Figure Collection," these small figures are minorly articulated and are made of diecast metal. The Age of Extinction versions of the characters will be joining characters from the Marvel movies, Pokemon, Toy Story, Hello Kitty, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Keep reading to see!











Facebook @TFormers
SDCC 2016 Transformers News

Soundwave
SDCC 2016 Exclusive Figure Review
Computron
Generations Combiner Wars Combiner Figure Review
Scattershot Boxset Version
Generations Combiner Wars Voyager Figure Review
Strafe
Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Figure Review
Afterbreaker
Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Figure Review

Legends TakaraTomy Titans Return Blurr LG-25 Out of Package Images

IDW's The Transformers Issue #56 Three Page iTunes Preview

Transformers AAA Massively Multiplayer Mobile Game Coming in 2017 From Kabam!


RADIO FREE CYBERTRON

Twitter @TFormers




ENI
About
Entertainment News International (ENI) is the popular culture network for fans all around the world. Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!
Sites
Action Figures
Classifieds
Entertainment
Marvel
 
Podcasts
Star Wars
Superheroes
Transformers
Links
Support
© 2016 Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and or owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. To have it removed right away, please [ Contact Us ].