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Jordan to Prosecute Sweatshops

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    Now I understand why the liberal Zionists are so concerned about sweatshops. It s a way to impose ourselves on other countries. -WVNS Jordan pledges to end
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2006
      Now I understand why the liberal Zionists are so concerned about
      sweatshops. It's a way to impose ourselves on other countries. -WVNS

      Jordan pledges to end alleged abuse of sweatshop workers
      By Reuters /Haaretz
      17 June, 2006

      Jordan has told clothing manufacturers accused of severely mistreating
      foreign workers who help make clothes for the U.S. market to "shape up
      or ship out," a top Jordanian official said on Friday. "Under no
      circumstances can we allow any such violations of labor rights, human
      rights or human trafficking to take place on Jordanian soil,"
      Jordanian Minister of Trade and Industry Sharif Zobi told reporters
      during a U.S. visit. A report last month from the National Labor
      Committee for Worker and Human Rights, an advocacy group based in New
      York, said tens of thousands of foreign workers employed in Jordan's
      textile sector were routinely forced to work 100-plus hours a week
      while being cheated of their full wages.

      Workers who complained risked being beaten, imprisoned or even
      deported without being paid, the report said. The report also said
      several women had been raped by factory managers, including one who
      later hanged herself. Jordan enjoys preferential access to the U.S.
      market under a bilateral free trade pact, as well as "qualified
      industrial zones" (QIZs) in conjunction with Israel and the West Bank.
      Clothing accounts for about 90 percent of Jordan's exports to the
      United States, which last year totaled $1.27 billion. Customers
      include U.S. retailers such J.C. Penney, Sears, Wal-Mart and Target.

      The Jordan Labor Ministry's own investigation found only one instance
      of violence used against an employee and could not verify any
      instances of rape, Jordanian officials said. Zobi said the government
      takes the NLC report very seriously and has told the 114 companies
      operating in the QIZs it will not tolerate any abuses. "They either
      shape up or ship out," Zobi said, estimating that problems are
      confined to about 10 percent of the companies that produce clothing
      for the U.S. market. If criminal violations are found, Jordan will
      prosecute, he said. The 9-million-member AFL-CIO labor has demanded
      the U.S. government launch its own investigation into work conditions
      at the factories. It also plans to file a formal complaint under labor
      provisions of the bilateral trade agreement. Zobi defended Jordan's
      labor laws, but said the country's inspection regime appeared to have
      "failed us miserably." Jordan plans to fix those problems with help
      from the United States and the International Labor Organization, he said.



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