New video shows New York City garment workers protesting over sweatshop conditions
A new video posted by the New York Daily News shows garment workers at a textile mill in Brooklyn protesting their working conditions.
The video, which was shot on February 13, shows workers at the factory setting off smoke alarms and setting up tents at a factory parking lot.
The garment workers claim that the factory management does not pay overtime and that the workers are not paid overtime because of a lack of a union.
Workers at the garment factory also say they are denied overtime pay, despite the fact that overtime is required by law.
The worker’s union, Local 17, says that workers in the factory are paid $10 an hour for 40 hours per week.
“The work we do is extremely hard and it’s a real challenge,” said one of the workers in one of several videos posted to YouTube.
“If we don’t get overtime we can’t afford to eat.
If we don- we can go hungry.
If the work we’re doing is not paid, we can- we won’t be able to survive.”
Another worker, who also requested anonymity, said that the garment industry has been in a “state of collapse” since the start of the 2016 season.
“Our wages have been cut, we’re working fewer hours,” she said.
“I can’t get a decent meal, I can’t pay rent.
I’m a mom.
I want to be able pay my bills and have a good life.”
Workers at another textile mill also shared their stories of being cheated on wages and receiving low wages.
“It’s not a joke,” said the worker who is not identified in the videos.
“This is not a casual job, and there’s a lot of pressure to get what you want.”