Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Required Reading Before Christmas Shopping


Buy gifts for all your friends without supporting sweatshops at this year’s Just Christmas bazaar.

Two thousand-odd years ago when the Three Wise Men showed up bearing the world’s very first Christmas gifts, did Mary, Joseph or the shepherds ask whether the gold-miners had a union, or whether the frankincense and myrrh resin harvesters were given a decent wage and benefits package? Whether they did or not, it’s clear that gift-giving is a tradition worth hundreds of billions of dollars... but concern for justice at Christmas is hardly worth a penny.

But surely Mickey Mouse and his friends love children so much that they make every day of the year special for them, and Christmas time just extra, extra special, right? Uh, no. For instance, according to the U.S.-based National Labour Committee, young people in China are being forced to work 10 to 13 hours days, six or seven days a week, making Disney’s kids books in some of the company’s outsourced sweatshop dungeons, where unionization is as forbidden as going to the ball.

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