Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This Was Bound to Happen. Ivanka Under the Spotlight.

A buffoon of a president, almost as unpopular at home as he is abroad. His glamorous fashionista daughter hawking her signature brand of clothing and accessories. A ticket to Indonesia. Enter The Guardian. Oh, dear, what can the matter be?

The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trump’s label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women being offered a bonus if they don’t take time off while menstruating.

The Guardian has spoken to more than a dozen workers at the fashion label’s factory in Subang, Indonesia, where employees describe being paid one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia and there are claims of impossibly high production targets and sporadically compensated overtime.

The workers’ complaints come only a week after labour activists investigating possible abuses at a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes disappeared into police custody.

Oh well, it's still short of actual slavery.


John B. said...

It's short of actual slavery and it's probably cheaper. Major capital assets acquisition, maintenance and depreciation costs associated with the slavery model are effectively externalized.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! The minimum wage in the southern states and the prison system basically constitute slavery 2.0. Overseas factories form the off-shore version. And so much cheaper, cleaner and less messy than the original version!!

The Mound of Sound said...

Yes and it's largely out of sight thanks to cooperative local officials who have no interest in outsiders poking about.

Purple library guy said...

All pretty awful. I guess if it takes Trump hate to point out this kind of horror, so be it. But we should try to remember that Democrat-leaning, pet-cause-promoting Celebrity X's clothing brand generally has the exact same working conditions. That's the status quo. It's not some kind of unique vileness of the Trumps, it's the way our system works. We should change things so it no longer works that way.