SAVE SAMSUNG WORKERS FROM EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE

SAVE SAMSUNG WORKERS FROM EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE

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Casey Davidson started this petition to Samsung

Samsung is abusing their workers and using the concept of trade secrets to keep information from the families of workers who have become sick or died. There are reports of children under 16 being exploited, working long hours, lacking the proper equipment and being forced to use unhealthy chemicals causing them to develop incurable diseases. The Associated Press investigated and discovered that chemicals found in the Samsung factories were causing workers to become sick and develop cancer. More than 200 cases of serious illnesses have been reported. Cases of leukemia, lupus, lymphoma, and multiple sclerosis. I never would have looked into this issue if not for Jim Keady, an activist who has been trying to expose Nike’s cruel labor practices since he resigned from his coaching job after refusing to promote the brand. Since then, he has traveled to Indonesia, stayed in workers' homes, and lectured at many schools to inspire students to make a change using the power of his stories. He came to my high school and spoke of the horrors happening in factories all over the world, especially Indonesia. All the corruption and suffering was so upsetting to think about, let alone to live with. Even though Keady struggles to meet basic living expenses, let alone finance trips to Indonesia, he is too passionate about this movement to slow down. You may ask yourself why or how someone could go to such lengths to fight for a cause that seems so hopeless. Because It’s not. When you get enough people on board you can create change. For example, because of the pressure that was placed on Nike by consumers, women workers no longer have to prove they are menstruating to get their legally guaranteed leave. Also, workers are no longer beaten with machetes or threatened at gunpoint for union organizing activities. Every person matters. If we bring more attention to this issue we can drastically change the fate of those who are suffering.

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