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see sweating systemsweating system,
method of exploiting labor by supplying materials to workers and paying by the piece (see piecework) for work done on those materials in the workers' homes or in small workshops (sweatshops).
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Ross defines sweatshops as places that have some or all the following characteristics: they fail to pay minimum wages, have long hours not remunerated with premium pay, employ child labor and lack adequate benefits.
Hapke divides her history of the sweatshop narrative tradition into three sections.
Ross adopts the Government Accountability Office definition of a sweatshop: "a business that regularly violates wage or child labor laws and safety and health laws" (26).
Hapke's narrative, based as it is on cultural representations of the sweatshop, appears vague at times; itself discontinuous as the sweatshop flits into view only to be erased by a competing image of labor and ethnicity.
The pilot manufacturing factory for SweatX, the noble anti-sweatshop brand that aspired to prove that fully unionized and even worker-owned garment factories can thrive in a sea of sweatshops, quietly closed its doors in May.
However, in placating oneself by saying that either boycotting or purchasing sweatshop-made goods ultimately somehow improves the condition of sweatshop laborers, one is essentially allowing a condition of slavery to exist because it seems that the alternative is death.
According to Sweatshop Watch, the 2003 settlement is the largest and most significant sweatshop settlement in history.
Locally, the extent of sweatshop abuses was virtually unknown until 1999, when the Sweatshop Working Group, a coalition of 33 Chicago-area community organizations, set out to interview nearly 800 workers and found that more than one third of them were working in sweatshop conditions.
1 issue that "worries consumers a great deal" is the use of sweatshop and child labor.
'That will undercut our trade union reforms and undercut the national minimum wage and exploit individuals beyond belief in sweatshops.
Of course, the global sweatshop problem cannot be solved by substituting voluntary no-sweat codes for state regulation.