It's for a school project, I need at least 5 organizations in Canada that are doing something to help the sweatshop workers or whatever.

I checked on google and I can't find anything!! :/

If I don't get 5 names, I FAIL! :(

please please please help me D:

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  • 10 years ago
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    arious groups support or embody the anti-sweatshop

    movement today. The National Labor Committee brought

    sweatshops into the mainstream media in the 1990s when it

    exposed the use of sweatshop and child labor to sew Kathie

    Lee Gifford's Wal-Mart label. United Students Against

    Sweatshops is active on college campuses. The International

    Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit[9] on behalf of workers in

    China, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Indonesia, and Bangladesh

    against Wal-Mart charging the company with knowingly

    developing purchasing policies particularly relating to price

    and delivery time that are impossible to meet while following

    the Wal-Mart code of conduct. Labor unions, such as the AFL-

    CIO, have helped support the anti-sweatshop movement out

    of concern both for the welfare of people in the developing

    world and that companies will move jobs from the United

    States elsewhere in order to capitalize on lower costs. For

    example, the American labor union UNITE HERE, which

    represents garment workers, has only approximately 3,000

    garment workers remaining in its base, because some of the

    larger garment making operations have already been

    transferred overseas.

    Critics point out that sweatshop workers often do not earn

    enough money to buy the products that they make, even

    though such items are often commonplace goods such as t-

    shirts, shoes, and toys. However, defenders of such practices

    respond that critics of sweatshops are comparing wages paid

    in one country to prices set in another. In 2003, Honduran

    garment factory workers were paid US$0.24 for each $50

    Sean John sweatshirt, $0.15 for each long-sleeved t-shirt,

    and only five cents for each short-sleeved shirt – less than

    one-half of one percent of the retail price.[10] Although the

    wages paid to workers in Honduras would hardly be enough

    to live in the United States, it could very well be enough to live

    in Honduras, where prices are much lower. The $0.15 that a

    Honduran worker earned for the long-sleeved t-shirt was

    equal in purchasing power to $0.50 in the United States.[11]

    Critics of sweatshops cite high savings, increased capital

    investment in these countries, diversification of their exports

    and their status as trade ports as the reason for their

    economic success rather than sweatshops[12][13][14] and

    cite the numerous cases in the East Asian "Tiger Economies"

    where sweatshops have reduced living standards and wages.

    [15] They believe that better-paying jobs, increased capital

    investment and domestic ownership of resources will

    improve the economies of sub-Saharan Africa rather than

    sweatshops. They point to good labor standards developing

    strong manufacturing export sectors in wealthier sub-

    Saharan countries such as Mauritius[16] and believe

    measures like these will improve economic conditions in

    developing nations.[17]

    Critics of sweatshops argue that the minor gains made by

    employee of some of these institutions are outweighed by

    the negative costs such as lowered wages to increase profit

    margins and that the institutions pay less than the daily

    expenses of their workers.[18][19][20] They also point to the

    fact that sometimes local jobs offered higher wages before

    trade liberalization provided tax incentives to allow

    sweatshops to replace former local unionized jobs.[21] They

    further contend that sweatshop jobs are not necessarily

    inevitable.[22][23] Eric Toussaint claims that quality of life in

    developing countries was actually higher between 1945-1980

    before the international debt crisis of 1982 harmed

    economies in developing countries causing the to turn to IMF

    and World Bank-organized "structural adjustments"[24] and

    that unionized jobs pay more than sweatshop ones overall -

    "several studies of workers producing for US firms in Mexico

    are instructive: workers at the Aluminum Company of

    America ’s Ciudad Acuna plant earn between $21.44 and

    $24.60 per week, but a weekly basket of basic food items

    costs $26.87. Mexican GM workers earn enough to buy a

    pound of apples in 30 minutes of work, while GM workers in

    the US earn as much in 5 minutes."[25] People critical of

    sweatshops believe that "free trade agreements" do not truly

    promote free trade at all but instead seek to protect

    multinational corporations from competition by local

    industries (which are sometimes unionized).[26] They believe

    free trade only involves reducing tariffs and barriers to entry

    and that multinational businesses should operate within the

    laws in the countries they want to do business in rather than

    seeking immunity from obeying local environmental and

    labor laws. They believe these conditions are what give rise to

    sweatshops rather than natural industrialization or economic


    Critics also point to the fact that sweatshops often do not pay

    taxes and thus don't pay for the public services they use for

    production and distribution and don't contribute to the

    country's tax revenue.[27] In some

    Source(s): en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweatshop?wasRedirected=true
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Organizations Against Sweatshops

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Im from canada. Born and raised.. It has English and French? Canadians are very friendly.. Most of them anyways. I would like to think we're not as ignorant as Americans (no offence). And yes, we look like americans I suppose.. We are humans. Heh. Its above the US.. But its really cold in the winters!! Can get up to 5 feet of snow here in Alberta. And it can get to about.. -58 ºF during some winters. But the summers are beautiful. Thinking about moving here? Better get your "eh's" up and working, plus you need to learn your hockey teams. Cant forget those. Ps. it would be worth it.

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