Toys given away with McDonald's meals
are being produced by child labourers in a sweatshop factory in
China. Children as young as 14 work up to 16 hours a day
in the factory packaging toys. They are paid $A5.25 a day, work
seven days a week and live 15 to a room in spartan quarters
where they sleep on wooden bunk beds with no mattresses.
BHP is the major shareholder of the
Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, which dumps 80,000 tonnes of
waste into the river each day. The Ok Tedi River is dying. Its
fish and the forest surrounding the river are dying. The river
is bloated with milky-grey sediment and won't recover for generations.
The livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people who depend
on the river for water, food and transport have been devastated
by BHP's mine.
source:mineral policy institute
Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates' net wealth of $51 billion
is greater than the combined net worth of the poorest 40% of Americans
- 106 million people.
Nike factories still use compulsory overtime, humiliating treatment
and extreme verbal abuse agianst its workers
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Reebok paid Liverpool Football Club $38 million 4 endorsments,
enough to more than DOUBLE the wages of the 40,000 workers that
make reebok trainers in China and the Philippines
aid + n.i.march.96
Shell has admitted importing weapons
for Nigerian police - observer28.1.96
The Nigerian government has killed hundreds
of anti-shell protesters
nigeria action coalition.97
Crown Casino sacked all its limo drivers a couple
of years ago and they were re-employed the same day by Hallmark
Hire Cars. The drivers went from full time employees with all
the benefits, to being paid piece rates on a 12 hour shift, with
no holiday pay, sick leave or long service leave. Crown provides
fully maintained vehicles to Hallmark who merely allocate the
jobs as they come in, they are paid $90/hour per job, the driver
receives $15/hour. It is not uncommon for the drivers to work
a 12 hour shift and only be paid $45 before tax.
General Electric tested aircraft engines by throwing
birds into running engines
Supporting brutal / repressive regimes:
BP gives money to the military in Colombia.
BP secretly rented 150 officers + 500
soldiers of the Colombian army to serve its "security" interests,
and brought in British counterinsurgency professionals to train
the Colombians.BP also exchanged intelligence
information with them, some of which was used in tracking and killing
source:london guardian 11.9.96 + zmag.org
PepsiCo has in-house animal-testing facilities.
continues to break W.H.O. Codes on the sales of breast milk substitutes.
The international Nestle Boycott continues
latest updates here.
Nestle encourages bottle feeding by
giving away free samples of baby milk to hospitals.
In the UK, bottle-fed babies are up
to ten times more likely to develop gastro intestinal infections,
but in the Third World, where clean water may be absent, bottle
feeding is more dangerous.
Philip Morris' Marlboro brand was estimated
to have killed 75,000 Americans in one year.
COLGATE - PALMOLIVE
During the apartheid years, Colgate
had subsidiaries in South Africa and in 1990 had a 27% share in
the South African detergents market.
Colgate-Palmolive has animal testing undertaken for it by outside
Colgate-Palmolive has been using prison
labour in Missouri to produce it's products. The Missouri Prisoners
Labour Union has called for an international boycott of it's products.
Communications Office Missouri Prisoners Labor Union
Whirlpool had dealers going door-to-door soliciting poor, unsophisticated
and elderly customers to purchase satellite television dishes for
$1,100 plus 22 percent interest. The same equipment could be bought
at an electronics store for $199. An Alabama court found whirlpool
guilty and fined them $301 million.
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