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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




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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 
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