1,000 signatures reached
To: Disney and NBC Universal
Disney and NBCUniversal: pay the migrant workers making your products!
UPDATE: After UK supermarket brand Tesco, global coffee brand Starbucks today also made a commitment to pay the workers! Thank you so much for your support! We now ask Disney and NBCUniversal: what are you waiting for?
For two years we, a group of Burmese migrant workers, worked long hours making Starbucks aprons and Disney, NBCUniversal and Tesco products and clothing in the Kanlayani factory in Thailand. We worked 12 hours a day, had only a day off each month, and all that was illegally paid out to us was $1 an hour. Thailand is cheap, but not that cheap. We decided to speak out in Sept 2019, and were punished. Starbucks cut orders causing the factory to close immediately, leaving us with nothing. Soon after the factory closed we were blacklisted for being troublemakers, so our pockets are empty and we can't look forward to a job in the near future.
We are a group of mostly women, and we are legally owed approximately $110.000 USD for making the products of these global brands. We urge Disney, Starbucks and NBCUniversal to immediately pay us what we are owed. This amount is peanuts compared to the annual profits of the world's biggest companies, which have a combined market value of $508.7 billion USD. Each company would have to contribute less than $30.000 to make us whole. Tesco and Starbucks have made a commitment to contribute. Disney and NBCUniversal, what are you waiting for?
Why is this important?
Disney and NBCUniversal have a responsibility to ensure workers’ rights are respected in their supply chains. They must ensure we receive all the money we are owed for making their products, and their profits.
The Mae Sot region of Thailand is known to be 'a black hole' in the Thai garment industry, where labour rights violations are common place, and factories routinely take advantage of visa dependent migrant workers. If we win, this can set an important precedent for the future – that brands can’t just walk away, proving the power of collective worker action and global solidarity to ensure justice, even in the darkest corners of the garment industry.