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Friday, August 19, 2005

Disney Exploits Chinese Workers

So who is exploiting who?

"Chinese factories making souvenirs and toys for Disney's new park in Hong Kong underpay their workers and have poor working conditions, with frequent accidents that maim employees, according to a study by labor activists.

Employees were forced to work through the night during peak seasons, sometimes for 30 hours at a time, but were paid as little as 400 yuan (47 US dollars) a month with next to no overtime wages, it said."

Big corporations are providing jobs for the Chinese that wouldn't necessarily have a job, but turn a blind eye to human rights.

Ok, it's bad enough that Wally Mart is helping make China the next superpower so they can point more nukes at us. And all the while taking away local jobs.

But what makes this even more ghastly is we're talking Disney here. Mom and apple pie and all that.

So who really benefits? When was the last time you saw Disney souvenirs drop in price?

Perhaps that's why Ovitz could afford give himself a $140 million severance package.

Could that be what this is really all about. Profits ending up in the pockets of shareholders and a few fat cats at the expense of impoverished workers. Good old fashioned exploitation at its best.

Now don't get my wrong. I'm all for profits, but shouldn't the consumers and workers also win? At what expense politically (or humanely) is the short term benefit? It's the classic adage that the end justifies the means.

Was that the vision of Walt Disney? So long as his name remains on the letterhead his predecessors should do right by him. Perhaps we should think about that the next time we are considering buying that new must-have video for our kids.

Think about it. It was Eisner/Disney that led the charge to sue your child for downloading that video off the internet. And do you remember their rationale? They were gonna go bankrupt or something! Yeah right. Tell that to Ovitz and his $140 million golden handshake.

Have we really evolved since the industrial-age sweatshops of yesteryear? As long there is greed in the hearts of men some things may never change. Walt should be rolling over in his grave right about now.

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At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is rather sickening when you think about it.

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At 5:23 PM, Anonymous bloggyfroggy said...


Scathing, but honest. Fortunately my kids are all grown up so I don't have that conundrum.


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