by Samantha Ritchie (misssam89) Kyungshin-lear, a Korean factory based in Honduras, has restricted bathroom breaks so much that some employees have ‘chosen’ to wear diapers to avoid wetting themselves. In the factory pregnant women are forced to stand …

Samantha Ritchie

by Samantha Ritchie (misssam89)

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Kyungshin-lear, a Korean factory based in Honduras, has restricted bathroom breaks so much that some employees have ‘chosen’ to wear diapers to avoid wetting themselves. In the factory pregnant women are forced to stand for hours as they assemble electrical wiring systems for U.S cars. And workers have also stated that the factory have violated their rights by installing video cameras in the bathrooms.

Workers in the factory also accuse Kyungshin-lear of sacking anyone who joins a union or is seen to become active within one – effectively blacklisting workers from getting any other job in the factory.

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In 2012, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organisation (AFL-CIO) submitted a report concerning the failure of the Government of Honduras to effectively enforce its labor laws and comply with its commitments under the ILO Declaration on Fundamental principles and rights at work.

In the report, it states that “numerous trade unionists were threatened, beaten, tortured and even murdered for their activities.” Also the report goes onto say that “according to the ITUC, 12 unionists were murdered in 2009… such cases were rarely fully investigated and those responsible were not prosecuted.”

Kyungshin-lear has said that it does not limit ‘workers bathroom time’. Honduras National Commission of Human Rights have stated that they have visited the factory and workers can walk about freely.

The Honduran Ministry of Labor has released a statement which says that they have met with company leader and are inspecting the factory in an effort to ensure workers rights are ‘respected’.

This is an abuse human rights has been going on for years in Honduras with the government making no attempt to intervene.

Workers rights will never be ‘respected’ until trade unions can come into workplaces and fight for better terms and conditions.

 


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