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Old June 19th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #1
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Toyota Linked to Human Trafficking and Sweatshop Abuses
Toyota May Be a Shade Greener Environmentally but has badly stumbled with Human Rights Abuses

NEW YORK, June 18 -- Today the National Labor Committee (NLC) is releasing a 65-page report, "The Toyota You Don't Know" documenting serious human rights violations by the Toyota Motor Company, which will disturb most Americans.

"Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pit, Bill Maher and others have led the way in turning Toyota's Prius into a symbol of concern for our environment," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC, "We hope that these same celebrities will now also challenge Toyota to improve its respect for human and worker rights. As a start, Toyota should cut its ties to the Burmese dictators and end the exploitation of foreign guest workers trafficked to Japan."

* Toyota linked to human trafficking and sweatshop abuse: Toyota's much admired "Just in Time" auto parts supply chain is riddled with sweatshop abuse, including the trafficking of foreign guest workers, mostly from China and Vietnam to Japan, who are stripped of their passports and often forced to work--including at subcontract plants supplying Toyota--16 hours a day, seven days a week, while being paid less than half the legal minimum wage. Guest workers who complain about abusive conditions are deported.

* Prius made by low-wage temps: Fully one-third--10,000--of all Toyota assembly line workers in Japan are low-wage temps who have few rights and earn less than 60% of what full time workers do.

* Unpaid overtime and "overworked" to death: Mr. Kenichi Uchino was just 30 years old when he died of overwork on an assembly line at Toyota's Prius plant, leaving behind his young wife and two children. Mr. Uchino routinely worked 13 to 14 hours a day, putting in 106 1/2 to 155 hours of overtime--depending on whether work taken home was counted--in the 30 days leading up to his death. Toyota claimed that he had only worked 45 hours of overtime and that the other 61 1/2 to 110 hours were "voluntary" and unpaid. His wife had to go to court -- which ruled that Mr. Uchino was overworked to death -- to win a pension for their children.

* Ties to Burmese dictators: Toyota, through the Toyota Tsusho Corporation, which is part of the Toyota Group of Companies, is involved in several joint business ventures with the ruthless military regime in Burma. The dictators use these revenues to repress and torture the people of Burma.

* Toyota and the race to the bottom: Toyota is imposing its two-tier, low wage model at its non-union plants in the south of the United States, which will result in wages and benefits being slashed across the entire auto industry.

The National Labor Committee recently documented how the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement descended into human trafficking with tens of thousands of foreign guest workers held under conditions of involuntary servitude.

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...18/090268.html
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Old June 19th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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* Toyota linked to human trafficking and sweatshop abuse: Toyota's much admired "Just in Time" auto parts supply chain is riddled with sweatshop abuse, including the trafficking of foreign guest workers, mostly from China and Vietnam to Japan, who are stripped of their passports and often forced to work--including at subcontract plants supplying Toyota--16 hours a day, seven days a week, while being paid less than half the legal minimum wage. Guest workers who complain about abusive conditions are deported.
Huh? How are they forced to work when if they say they won't do it they'll be sent back to their home? Maybe I'm missing something.

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* Prius made by low-wage temps: Fully one-third--10,000--of all Toyota assembly line workers in Japan are low-wage temps who have few rights and earn less than 60% of what full time workers do.
Again, how are they being forced to do the work?

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* Ties to Burmese dictators: Toyota, through the Toyota Tsusho Corporation, which is part of the Toyota Group of Companies, is involved in several joint business ventures with the ruthless military regime in Burma. The dictators use these revenues to repress and torture the people of Burma.
Now that's just bad, bad, bad if it's true. Burma is a horrible situation and the international community needs to act.

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You mean people working an assembly line aren't going to make $25 an hour? Oh noes!
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Old June 20th, 2008, 12:17 AM   #3
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OH GAWD WHAT HAVE THEY DONE! We can't be overpaid for doing a job a monkey could do.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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lets see how long you want to stay on the job with this kind of management mentality?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #5
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People who like Toyotas will still buy them and make excuses for this recent info.

I'd venture to say that 80% of Americans don't give a shit about the how/where/why of a product, just as long as they can get what they want.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #6
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my next car will be a toyota. slave labor FTW!
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This brings up something that has always bothered me. In our country, businesses have to go by certain laws regarding labor. Minimum wage is such a big deal here (way too high IMO). But for some reason it doesn't seem to be inhumane or anything to send work overseas or to Mexico where they are making cents per day to make things that will come back into this country. If we are going to hold our businesses to such a high standard here in this country to protect "human rights", then how is it okay for our businesses to do what is not allowed here to a person in another country?
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Two tier payment structure? Anyone look into GM lately?
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People who like Toyotas will still buy them and make excuses for this recent info.

I'd venture to say that 80% of Americans don't give a shit about the how/where/why of a product, just as long as they can get what they want.
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I've given up on my argument, as the general population just doesn't get it.

I'll never buy one, or any other Jap car.
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This is horrible...and I love my Toyota which was made here in the USA, but this is just horrible. If this is true, I won't buy another one.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #11
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This brings up something that has always bothered me. In our country, businesses have to go by certain laws regarding labor. Minimum wage is such a big deal here (way too high IMO). But for some reason it doesn't seem to be inhumane or anything to send work overseas or to Mexico where they are making cents per day to make things that will come back into this country. If we are going to hold our businesses to such a high standard here in this country to protect "human rights", then how is it okay for our businesses to do what is not allowed here to a person in another country?
A lot of companies send work offshore, we all know that, but the people that make cents a day are dirt poor.

Cents a day I think is a misnomer, its probably closer to a few dollars a day. I work with many people from India who came here after working in India for U.S. companies who pulled their entire families out of complete poverty on a few dollars a day. Their cost of living is so much lower than ours...its tough to put it in perspective.
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Chinese make around .40 an hour, you can tell the last couple years things are getting better, many more mopeds instead of peddle bikes heading to the factories in the mornings
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Chinese make around .40 an hour, you can tell the last couple years things are getting better, many more mopeds instead of peddle bikes heading to the factories in the mornings
Yeah..don't you wish you could buy a moped and eat for .40 an hour??
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No, but I sponsor a child for that:tonka:
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"Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pit, Bill Maher and others have led the way in turning Toyota's Prius into a symbol of concern for our environment," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC, "We hope that these same celebrities will now also challenge Toyota to improve its respect for human and worker rights. As a start, Toyota should cut its ties to the Burmese dictators and end the exploitation of foreign guest workers trafficked to Japan."
Well if famous people are concerned about it I guess I have to be concerned about it... Damn!!!
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This is horrible...and I love my Toyota which was made here in the USA, but this is just horrible. If this is true, I won't buy another one.
You still sent your money overseas and didn't support the state you live in.
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People who like Toyotas will still buy them and make excuses for this recent info.

I'd venture to say that 80% of Americans don't give a shit about the how/where/why of a product, just as long as they can get what they want.

Unless it is Ford, GM, or Chrysler!
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toyota oh noz huge news.

despite the fact uaw workers are sleeping on the job
high school flunkouts making $35/hr.
the fact that you pay $40,000 for a shitty vehicle made by lazy fucks and only get a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty. funny thing is about the big three and uaw is they will stand behind their product quality, but only for 3/36. don't throw that lifetime chrysler bs in there either. no chrysler will last that long so it is pointless
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x2.

I've given up on my argument, as the general population just doesn't get it.

I'll never buy one, or any other Jap car.
as he types on a key board from china sitting on a chair form china dressed in clothing made in china. I bet he does not even use foreign gas or oil:tonka:
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