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sweatshop

1. A factory or workshop in which employees are forced to do very hard work, especially the manufacturing of clothing, for long hours with very low wages. Can be used facetiously to describe generally unpleasant or undesirable work conditions. The massive retailer recently committed to stop selling clothes produced in sweatshops. The charity aims to help find better employment opportunities for workers who hitherto had no option but to work in sweatshops to make ends meet. They've really turned the office into a sweatshop, making us work 70-hour weeks to get this project finished before the deadline.
2. Of, describing, or pertaining to such a factory or workshop. It's no secret that the clothing line has been using sweatshop labor for years to produce their goods at the lowest possible cost. The life expectancy of workers subjected to sweatshop conditions is unsurprisingly very low.

sweat-shop

n. a workplace where employees work long hours for low pay in poor conditions. The bank manager is unfair! I’ve been a teller in this sweat-shop for thirteen years, and I’ve never had a new carpet in my office.
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For instance, Paul Krugman and other sweatshop defenders put forward the "better than" argument: if people choose to work in sweatshops, then this must be better to them than the alternatives (Krugman, 1997).
Though most sweatshops stop short of such wholesale abuse, work conditions are undeniably poor and human rights violations are rampant.
Typically, in a desperate effort to save their jobs, they refuse to talk about what is going on in sweatshop factories or kitchens.
Indeed, the power of this language defining sweatshops as feminized and foreign, Bender laments, continues to hamper recent efforts in combating sweatshops.
Association with sweatshops can be disastrous for a firm's reputation and sales, especially when compounded by fraud and hypocrisy.
In other words, worry about what you look like, not what your clothing purchase is doing to the Earth, to cotton plantation workers, to exploited women and children in garment sweatshops.
Featherstone devotes most of her book to the United Students Against Sweatshops, which was formally established in 1998 and which serves as a model for the new student movement.
Clearly, the public relations, public pressure and public embarrassment tactics utilized by these coalitions have been successfull in correcting some of the abuses of sweatshops all over the world.
Young supporters of Chinese Staff and Workers Association founded the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops and launched a campaign for corporate responsibility from Donna Karan of New York to underpaid and laid-off workers.
The anti-sweatshop movement is a subset of actors and campaigns within the larger corporate accountability movement that aims to identify sweatshop conditions and to define and enforce labor standards within the global apparel industry.
Yet below the decorative star lamps made of rice paper and among the layered chiffon dresses, her customers might spy a "Worker Friendly" tag revealing the item was made under ethical conditions, free of sweatshop labor.
The New York Daily News iced an investigation of local garment sweatshops because it was worried about losing department-store ads -- prompting newsroom fears that the newspaper's credibility would be damaged.
"preaches integrity and lives integrity" despite accusations of buying from sweatshops.
Minimum Contract Justice: A Capabilities Perspective on Sweatshops and Consumer Contracts
But many people disagree with that idea; consider the common opinion of "sweatshops."