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Last update: 1:42 p.m. EDT Oct. 20, 2008
NEW YORK, Oct 20, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sweatshop Conditions at the Kiryung Electronics Factory
Labor rights watchdog challenges Howard Stern -- who lampooned Kathie Lee Gifford over the exploitation of child workers in Honduras who sewed her clothing for Wal-Mart -- to confront Sirius Satellite Radio for the abusive sweatshop conditions faced by women workers at the Kiryung Electronics factory in Korea, where they assembled Sirius Satellite Radios.
WHO: Charles Kernaghan, director, National Labor Committee
Women workers from the Kiryung Factory in Korea,
Representatives of the Korean Metal Workers Union.
WHAT: Attempt to meet with Sirius management. (This will be the third attempt to meet.)
WHERE: Sirius Satellite Radio headquarters
1221 Avenue of the Americas (Entrance on 49th St. betw. 6th & 7th Ave.), NYC
WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
-- Over 250 production line workers at the Kiryung Electronics factory have
no rights and are held under conditions of constant uncertainty and
-- Married women limited to just three-month contracts so they can be fired
if they become pregnant.
-- Workers can be fired for using the bathroom.
-- Forced to work 13 to 14-hour shifts, six or seven days a week, sometimes
going for up to three months without a single day off. There are also
grueling all-night 24-hour shifts two or three times a month.
-- Workers making Sirius Satellite radios earn just $145 a week, despite
the fact that the cost of living in Seoul is as high or higher than in
New York City. Workers and their families must subsist on rice and
kimchee (pickled cabbage).
-- In the face of discrimination and abuse, the workers organized a union
in July 2005. Management immediately threatened to fire the women, who
then occupied the plant staging a sit-down strike.
-- Kiryung management informed the workers that at the insistence of Sirius
Satellite Radio, production of the radios would be relocated to a low
wage factory in China.
-- Hired goons also attacked the strikers, stomping, kicking and beating
-- For 1,160 days, the women have continued their strike in front of the
factory gates. The head of the local union at the Kiryung factory went
on a hunger strike for 94 days before being hospitalized in
mid-September. The situation has reached a crisis, which is why the
workers have come to New York to press Sirius Satelite Radio to