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A shop or factory in which employees work long hours at low wages under poor conditions.
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(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
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a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
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Noun1.sweatshop - factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unionssweatshop - factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry
factory, manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
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[ˈswɛtʃɒp] nusine f à sueur usine où les employés sont sous-payés et soumis à des conditions de travail extrêmement dures
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While the farmers are losing out despite their sweated labour, consumers in urban areas are paying high prices for rice even at high times of harvest.
And, as Mr Price said, they can address the root causes, engaging with campaigns to bring about structural change where our institutions (eg arms manufacturers and dealers, firms advising on tax dodging, businesses using sweated labour abroad, and environmental vandals), contribute to oppression.
The pretence is laughable when, behind snazzy, hi-tech PR, there is a Victorian slave-driver who was found exploiting sweated labour.
Africans, with the connivance of their tribal leaders, were sold to British entrepreneurs, who transported them to the Caribbean and British American colonies to work as sweated labour on sugar, tobacco and cotton plantations.
Connecting the "sweated labour" of today's global apparel supply chains to European weaving mills of the 19th century, the book opens with a general overview on the development of the garment sector in Bangladesh.
When every factory pays its sweated labour force the lowest possible wage to gain an edge on the competition, no manufacturer or retailer gets an edge, while the buying power of workers sinks so low that they can no longer buy the products produced for the marketplace and everyone is hit with a recession or even a depression.
The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act was originally enacted to regulate the practice of contract labour to avoid exploitation of sweated labour. A Planning Commission report on employment opportunities said the role of contract labour has to be seen in the context of a growing trend towards unbundling the production process into parts and outsourcing supply of these to different producing units.
Bauman pays no attention to what makes this possible: sweated labour in countries producing the commodities that enable the working class in Britain to participate in 'fast fashion'.