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December, 19 2011 |  Download PDF |  Share

Holidays by Hasbro: Transformers from Hell

 



Executive Summary

Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbro's Transformers

  • Workers housed in filthy, over-crowded dorms, infested with rats and bed bugs.  Workers report they cannot sleep at night from the bed bug bites.
     
  • Workers describe factory food as "Pretty much like swine food."
     
  • Workers allowed less than 9 minutes to assemble each Hasbro Transformer, for which they are paid 17 cents.
     
  • "We are drenched in sweat," workers say.  Factory temperatures soar to 104 degrees F in summer.
     
  • During peak season, workers toil 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, while earning a take-home wage of just 92 cents an hour.
     
  • Workers undergo three body-searches each day, are not permitted to talk or lift their heads to look around, and need permission to use the bathroom.
     
  • Hasbro is open to the hiring of 14 and 15-year-olds on a "case-by-case basis."
     
  • Workers in the spray paint department fear they are being exposed to dangerous solvents.
     
  • There are no fire drills and some emergency exits are locked.
     
  • During the slow season, hundreds of workers are fired under false charges so management does not have to pay their legal severance.
     
  • Workers are cheated of paid sick leave and maternity leave.
     
  • Workers describe their work as mindless, miserable, constantly monotonous, yet furious and exhausting. 

 

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