I like football as much as the next guy, but here’s something to consider: El Salvadoran women are paid 8 cents for each $25 dollar jersey they sew:
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Its campaigns include stopping sweatshops in El Salvador and at home, urging consumers boycott companies profiting from worker exploitation. It’s also promoting Violation-Free Zones in El Salvador’s Free Trade ones, assuring fundamental worker rights to organize collectively for better pay and working conditions. Currently, workers there have no rights. More below explains.
New Report on El Salvador’s Sweatshop Economy
The National Labor Committee (NLC), now called the Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights (IGLHR), prepared it. Issued January 24, it was prepared jointly with Mujeres Transformando/Women Transforming (a Salvadoran women’s rights NGO), discussing El Savador’s sweatshop economy “where women are paid just eight cents for each $25 NFL shirt they sew at Ocean Sky Sweatshop.” It represents six-tenths of 1% of each shirt’s retail price.
IGLHR’s Executive Director, Charles Kernaghan authored the report with help from a six-member research team, including himself. Its findings are discussed below.
About 1,500 mostly women are affected, “locked in a Free Zone, surrounded by barbed wire and patrolled by guards armed with shotguns.”
Besides the NFL, Ocean Sky produces garments for Reebok, Puma, Old Navy (GAP), Columbia, Talbots and Penguin (Munsingwear). Merchandise enters America duty-free even though El Salvador “is in blatant violation” of CAFTA-DR’s loophole-ridden labor standards.
Workers are treated like prisoners. Under scorching heat, they report being drenched in their own sweat, constantly cursed at and humiliated. Moreover, security cameras monitor them. Illegal overtime is mandatory. They’re constantly pressured. Factory water is contaminated with fecal coli, causing diarrhea, intestinal illnesses and infections. For alerting fellow workers of the problem, six were fired…