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To: Disney and NBC Universal

Disney and NBCUniversal: pay the migrant workers making your products!

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.


Reasons for signing

  • Migrant workers deserve to be paid
  • Being in business means your word (order) is your bond (promise to pay). It is outrageous these these huge and very profitable companies are trying to stiff these workers. Every person that visits Disney properties, or watches NBC should be aware of the bad principles leading these company units. Shameful and not a way to run a business!
  • An assault on labor anywhere is an assault on labor everywhere.

Updates

2020-11-24 14:58:53 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-13 09:00:50 -0500

Meet Myinth Myinth, one of the workers making aprons, T-shirts, bags and other products for Disney, NBC Universal, Starbucks and Tesco. And now taking on these same brands to get what was legally owed to her. https://www.facebook.com/cleanclothescampaign/photos/a.160446857336184/3469300406450796/

2020-11-12 06:03:39 -0500

500 signatures reached

2020-11-11 09:40:00 -0500

Big News: Starbucks made a commitment to pay the workers..!! After UK supermarket brand Tesco, global coffee brand Starbucks now also said they will contribute to the workers. Check out the news here: https://cleanclothes.org/news/2020/tesco-and-starbucks-take-action-in-exploited-burmese-migrant-garment-worker-case-but-where-are-disney-and-nbc-universal

2020-11-10 09:44:30 -0500

Check out this op-ed by the Clean Clothes Campaign for additional background of this campaign: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/11/2/global-brands-global-exploitation

2020-11-03 03:46:26 -0500

100 signatures reached

2020-11-02 07:41:24 -0500

50 signatures reached

2020-11-02 04:52:01 -0500

25 signatures reached

2020-11-02 03:52:07 -0500

10 signatures reached