Deutsche Welle (DW) describes the working conditions in textile mills, also known as sweatshops, as horrible. Workers are expected to work long hours for very poor wages under stressful conditions. According to the DW website, Cambodian employees at Kaoway Sports get the equivalent of 66 U.S. dollars per month, while workers at Evergreen Garment Company in Phnom Pehn receive about 69 U.S. dollars per month.Know More
The retail industry grosses billions of dollars each year off of the labor of underpaid workers. Popular brand names contract with textile mills in various places like Africa, Asia and South America to produce most of their merchandise at lower rates than can be found in North America and Europe. The Washington Post says that "Though analysts say major companies have become stricter about conditions in the factories they use, they still hold that the industry as a whole is too loosely regulated and that the major brands and retailers are largely immune from formal responsibility."
The Washington post notes that since the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile center and other notable incidents in Bangladesh and Cambodia, there is increased expectation for world retailers to assume more responsibility for the workers safety and work conditions. However, according to WaronWant.org, conditions have not improved as factories still expect employees to endure "poor working conditions such as excessive and forced overtime, denial of social security rights and failure to provide employment contracts, as well as severe health risks." Today working conditions in textile mills are not much different from those throughout the 19th and 18th century.Learn more about Salaries
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Sweatshops are bad because they take advantage of their workers in an extremely dramatic fashion. These abuses include, but are not limited to, severe underpayment, denial of benefits, dangerous work conditions and even child labor.Full Answer >
Any country with manufacturing facilities without enforceable labor laws has the potential to host a sweatshop. Sweatshops are factories where workers are routinely overworked, abused, underpaid or exploited. As of 2014, at least 18 countries are known to operate sweatshops, including Bangladesh, Romania, Costa Rica, El Salvador, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Vietnam, Honduras, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, Haiti, Taiwan, the Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States and its territories.Full Answer >
According to the Independence Hall Association's website, sweatshops of the 1800s in the United States and England often forced employees to work long hours with little time off in dangerous, uncomfortable conditions. Many of these workers were children.Full Answer >