Romney/Bain invested in brutal Chinese sweatshops

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“When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there.”  Mr. Romney was there when the race to the bottom in the global sweatshop economy was launched. 

Romney and Bain Capital invested in Global-Tech Appliances and Sensata Technologies, among other companies, while Global-Tech and Sensata outsource jobs to China and force student interns and mostly female workers to work 12 or more hours a day, seven days a week at 99 cents to $1.35 per hour.  The Institute released a report on Global-Tech in September 2012 and a report on Sensata Technologies in October 2012, documenting illegal working conditions at the companies’ plants in China.

“Why is Bain Capital refusing to tell the truth to the American people, acknowledging that Sensata Technologies pays their young women workers in China just 99 cents to $1.35 an hour to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week?  Does Bain Capital care that the young women working in Sensata factories in China have no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no political freedoms and no right to the International Labor Organization’s internationally recognized labor rights standards?  The American people deserve an answer.”

- Charles Kernaghan
Director, Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights 

 

Creator of the 47% tape shines ‘a little bit of light’ on a labor rights activist. MSNBC. March 14, 2013.

The Man behind the 47% Video. The Ed Show. March 13, 2013.

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