The National Labor Committee reports that this Friday, June 17th. At 8 pm EST, NBC’s Dateline show will air “an in-depth, undercover investigation of sweatshop production in Bangladesh for major U.S. retailers like Wal-Mart… Young women in Bangladesh are forced to work 14 hours a day, often seven days a week for wages as low as 13 cents an hour, leaving them trapped in inhumane living conditions. The workers are paid just 10 cents for every Wal-Mart shirt they sew. If Wal-Mart and the other giant retailers would pay just 37 cents an hour, these women could climb out of misery and at least into poverty — which is their goal.” In response, The National Labor Committee is launching a campaign calling upon Wal-Mart to pay 20 cents more per garment.
The NLC will soon be releasing new video footage from Bangladesh, major reports on CAFTA and ongoing worker rights violations in Central America, and introducing draft Global Anti-sweatshop Legislation to finally hold corporations legally accountable to respect human and worker rights and to pay fair wages. For more information, contact the National Labor Committee, 540 West 48th Street, 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10036. phone: (212) 242-3002. Fax:(212) 242-3821. www.nlcnet.org