speech p2

Sweatshops have to be stopped. Sweatshops are manufacturing establishments where employees are forced to work long hours, under terrible conditions to manufacture products just so companies can make their large profits. Sweatshops are a horrific way to produce products, and need to be made illegal and banned.
here are 3 reasons why sweatshops should be stopped, and they are, that the factories that hold these employees have horrible working conditions, Unfair wages and hours, and children aren’t able to experience a normal childhood because they are usually forced to work in a sweatshops due to making money for their families.
Firstly, Sweatshops have horrible working conditions. Employees are forced to work in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, Employees are treated with force and abuse and are given no human rights. Workers are beaten just when they wanted to go home, or if they wanted a break. The Department of labour indicates, sweatshops violate two or more health and labour laws! And employees hardly get any food or water. This is horrendous, and very unfair.
The sad truth is that almost every major brand has some part to play in this issue, Nike, Adidas, Victoria’s Secret, Jansport, just to name a few, are some of the leading companies that use sweatshops, but they take it for granted. This is the harsh reality and a reason why sweatshops need to stop.
Another reason why Sweatshops need to stop, is they have unfair wages and unfair hours. The unfortunate people that end up working in sweatshops, receive very low wages, the minimum wage for these workers is around $2 per day.
This means, that over a year these children and people earn only $730, which is under the salary for most New Zealanders in a week. Also, the money the workers receive, can only just buy the essentials that their families need to survive, they can’t buy any things for themselves. The hours that an average worker is forced to work, is 15-17 hours a day, 7 days a week, and don’t forget, they basically have no human rights at all.
“Girls combs the hair of her dolls, an over-worked hungry girl makes it possible,” This is why Sweatshop labour is unacceptable and needs to stop, as they have unfair wages and unreasonable hours.
Not only that, but also these children are not able to forfill a normal childhood that most children in our generation take for granted, if the have to work in a sweatshop. No one should have to work in conditions where they are treated abusively and inhumane, and have no freedom to express themselves in the outside world, especially the kids. Statistics by War on Want, which is a foundation for stopping sweatshop labour, says that a 6 year old in America will start his first day of primary school, while a 6 year old in Pakistan will start his first day of work.
“I sew together these shapes of leather. I stab my finger with my needle. I feel a small pain, but nothing much, because my fingers are so calloused. Every day I sew these soccer balls together for five cents, but I’ve never once had a chance to play soccer with my friends.” this quote is taken from a boy around the age of 12 when he was forced against his will to work in a sweet shop. Therefore, Sweatshop labour is shameful, and worth stopping because children can’t have a normal childhood.
In conclusion, sweatshops are a cruel and inhumane way to produce products. They have horrible working conditions, unfair wages and unfair hours. Also, children that are forced to work in sweatshops aren’t able to experience a normal childhood. How would you like to be branded, beaten and forced to work in a cramped workshop, I know I wouldn’t want that, would you? So we need to re-see the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet, the rugby balls, soccer balls, and basketballs we play with. Think beyond the products you use and think of the inhumanity taking place to make them.
In conclusion, sweatshops are a cruel and inhumane way to produce products. They have horrible working conditions, unfair wages and unfair hours. Also, children that are forced to work in sweatshops aren’t able to experience a normal childhood. How would you like to be branded, beaten and forced to work in a cramped workshop, I know I wouldn’t want that, would you? So we need to re-see the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet, the rugby balls, soccer balls, and basketballs we play with. Think beyond the products you use and think of the inhumanity taking place to make them.

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