WRC Report Links Virginia Tech Directly to VF Corporation’s Labor Abuses



United Students Against Sweatshops @ Virginia Tech

Last week, the Worker’s Rights Consortium (an independent labor watchdog service paid for by Virginia Tech) published a report about a factory disaster that happened in a VF factory in Swaziland producing Virginia Tech apparel. The report is harrowing- it details a chemical leak through which workers were forced to continue producing clothing until police busted and evacuated the building. By this time, workers (including pregnant women) were vomiting and fainting; more than 400 workers were hospitalized. Furthermore, factory managers refused to report the chemicals present, so treatment could not be effectively pursued and VF produced a falsified report to the Worker’s Rights Consortium about the incident.

Obviously, this violent disregard for worker safety and Swazi law violates the ethical purchasing code of conduct that Virginia Tech adopted when it signed onto the WRC and it is horrible to think that VT clothing is being produced in these conditions. There…

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