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
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