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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Nike workers use the Tardis

DPF thought he didn't have enough hours in his day. Spare a thought for Nike sweatshop workers. From The Guardian:
In more than half of Nike's factories, the report said, employees worked more than 60 hours a day. In up to 25%, workers refusing to do overtime were punished.
Now thats nasty. In other news, The Guardian is now less reliable than the Weekly World News (current top story: IRS to tax sex).

Spotted at Fark.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/16/2005 04:11:00 pm


Blogger ZenTiger said...

It was probably just a typo. More likely to be 60 hours a week.

Nike are legendary for sweatshop labour, so the admissions they make are a good step forward. The huge multi-nationals, in acting the way they do only provide fuel to socialists who justify taxing the middle class to death with the futile attempts to some-how keep companies like Nike in check.

Just look at Transpower's latest deal to see where things start to go wrong (but hey, the deal is apporved by a socialist government, so it can't be bad)

I'm for capitalism, but not exploitation. We need to fix the system, not convert it to socialism.

4/16/2005 04:28:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Ah - I may have taken the entire point of the post too seriously AL.

The IRD plan to tax sex may not get off the ground, with the current Wimmins Goverment. When asked how many lesbians to change a light bulb, they answered "That's not funny".

However, the Sex article ties in nicely with the Nike post, because the slogan could be "Just Do It! (and pay your taxes)"

4/16/2005 04:58:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

You have to be a follower of Fark (quite the anti-PC site) to understand the context of that post. Fark items require the submitter to write a pithy attention-grabbing one-liner, such as "In other news, Michael Jackson was spotted in Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind".

4/16/2005 05:03:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I don't know, I wouldn't put it past the IRD ... once they get all those tradesmen that do jobs for their mothers for free to pay GST on the free jobs (I'm not kidding about this, btw), I wouldn't be surprised if they cast their jaundiced eyes elsewhere...

4/16/2005 05:36:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Well, they tried a fart tax. I guess the "front bums" may well try taxing the other side.

But surely, in true bureaucratic fashion, you would have to register for sex, take a test to prove capibility, and pay a yearly license fee.

Oh wait, that's what Working For Families is all about. You get a bonus for every kid, if you can prove it came from the result of sexual activity.

If you are a solo mum, you get a bonus, and they are debating if, to prove the kid was a result of sex, you may have to name the father. This is going to kill the Romanian adoption schemes.

4/16/2005 06:10:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Yes, I know the article was USA based and I know the working for families is actually a reverse-tax, used to buy votes rather than help families. But work with me here...it still kinda makes sense.

4/16/2005 06:15:00 pm  

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