Group Protests 'Sweatshop Conditions' At Sirius Factory
October 21, 2008 at 6:40 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL LABOR COMMITTEE is getting publicity for its campaign against alleged "sweatshop conditions" at the KIRYUNG ELECTRONICS factory in SOUTH KOREA by protesting at SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO in NEW YORK and challenging HOWARD STERN, MARTHA STEWART and EMINEM to talk about the case on the air.
The factory manufactures some SIRIUS receivers and is being protested over limiting married women to three month contracts so they can be fired if they become pregnant; the NLC alleges that women work 13 or 14 hour days, six and seven days a week, at below-subsistence-level wages, and at times worked mandatory 24 hour shifts. The group plans a demonstration seeking a meeting with SIRIUS management TODAY at 1p ET.
NLC Director CHARLES KERNAGHAN wrote a letter to STERN pointing out that STERN had lampooned KATHIE LEE GIFFORD over alleged sweatshop conditions at the factory in HONDURAS where her clothing line was made, and challenging STERN to talk about conditions at the KIRYUNG facility.