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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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We might now pause to ask ourselves how general and significant the problem of the new sweatshops is, and how effective the institutional change following from the activism of the late 1990s is likely to be in combating them.
They discover the children there are forced to work in sweatshops by Bull soldiers and live under terrible conditions.
They're sweatshops. And because they are too poor to create genuine two-way exchange, CAFTA isn't really a trade agreement at all.
Students Against Sweatshops ($15.00) by Liza Featherstone and United Students Against Sweatshops Verso, 2002
On December 9, the National Labor Committee for Worker and Human Rights and New York University students held a protest against WalMart's use of sweatshops. They also condemned the lack of paid maternity leave in Bangladeshi factories that produce goods for the retail giant.
The pilot manufacturing factory for SweatX, the noble anti-sweatshop brand that aspired to prove that fully unionized and even worker-owned garment factories can thrive in a sea of sweatshops, quietly closed its doors in May.
Like the young king, many Americans also adopt this practice when they realize that real-life sweatshops have practices horrible enough to be relegated to the realm of nightmares.
Like many who toil inside sweatshops, most of these jornaleros are in this country illegally, and, to them, getting deported is a bigger threat than not getting paid.
In examining the origins of sweatshops in late-nineteenth-century New York City, Bender offers a novel approach to the essential role of language in linking sweated work, Jewish workers, and the subordination of wage-earning women.
'That will undercut our trade union reforms and undercut the national minimum wage and exploit individuals beyond belief in sweatshops.
The efforts of Students Against Sweatshops are paying off.
And chances are these and many other things we use every day were made in sweatshops.