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Sweatshop Scandal Rocks Israel

August, 13 2009 Share

Well known Israeli labels
Jump — Pashut — Bonita — Irit
Linked to Musa sweatshop in Jordan

Foreign guest workers from Bangladesh were trafficked to Jordan and stripped of their passports at the Musa garment factory in the Al Hasan Industrial park.  The guest workers are housed in crowded, primitive company dorms sleeping 10 to a room in double-level bunk beds.  Water was available just one or two hours a night.  The dorm was infested with bed bugs.  The workers describe the food they were fed as terrible—half-cooked and too little.  Before the Wall Street meltdown led to a global recession, the guest workers at Musa were forced to toil 12 ½ to 13 ½ hour shifts, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.  All overtime was mandatory.  They were required to work seven days a week, putting in an obligatory 6 ½ hour shift on Fridays, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.—supposedly their day off.

The workers are paid 75 cents an hour.  Six workers were imprisoned and forcibly deported in July.  Six more workers remain imprisoned.  The workers are terrified and some have gone into hiding.  The Musa factory is owned by two Israeli businessmen, Jack Braun and Moshe Cohen.

Major Israeli Press Pick Up Sweatshop Issue

NLC Responds to Jordan Ministry of Labor Statements on the Musa Factory  (August 13, 2009)

Full Report (July 24, 2009)