Labor Day – Picket and Flyering at Wal-Mart

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Labor Day – Picket and Flyering at Wal-Mart
Monday September 5th
Noon – 1pm
5110 Times Square Pl Okemos, MI 48864

Flyering and Picket demanding that Wal-Mart immediately end the sexual abuse, rape, torture, and beatings of young women guest workers at the Classic factory in Jordan.

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Tell Wal-Mart to stop the rapes at their apparel manufacturer! Since at least 2007, workers at Classic Fashion Apparel Ltd., a Jordanian company whose clients include U.S.-based Wal-Mart and Target corporations, have claimed that factory managers were sexually abusing women. In June of 2011 Jordanian authorities finally arrested a manager after a female employee came forward to accuse him of rape.

Wal-Mart, like many other large corporations, began using third-party monitors to pay surprise visits to the factories of its suppliers after a string of embarrassing revelations in the 1990s, including some suppliers’ alleged use of child labor. But the factory owner and independent monitors employed by the retailers and the brands made at the factory said they were never able to corroborate the accounts because the accusers, typically guest workers from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, never made an official complaint.

In June 2011, however, a 26-year-old Bangladeshi woman, encouraged by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, a U.S.-based group funded by labor unions, told Jordanian investigators that she had been raped by the factory’s top manager since arriving in March, and she submitted to a medical examination. Jordan has become a magnet for apparel manufacturing since 2001, when the U.S. ratified a free-trade agreement allowing American companies to import goods from the country without tariffs. Most of the clothing is made by guest workers from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China, who typically work under low-wage contracts.

Statements have been collected from more than a dozen current and former workers at Classic Fa shion, who alleged that women were raped by company managers. The statements didn’t identify the accusers by name. Many Asian workers are eager to come to Jordan to earn more than they could back home. Many of them sell plots of land and borrow money from family to afford fees needed to secure the contracts to work abroad. But some of the women at Classic Fashion said in an interview that they felt trapped upon landing at the factory, with no choice but to remain and retire their debts.

Wal-Mart said it had heard claims about sex abuse at Classic Fashion in 2006 but, working with the company’s auditors and the country’s Labor Ministry, wasn’t able to substantiate them. Classic Fashion makes a clothing line called Danskin Now, which is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Please tell Wal-Mart to immediately end the sexual abuse, rape, torture, and beatings of young women guest workers at the Classic factory in Jordan.


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