A group of Rising Sun workers spoke with the hunger striking students yesterday via a conference call. Afterwards, they wrote this letter of support:
We are the workers of the Athi River Export Processing Zone in
- We don’t have medical cover.
- The salary is below living standards. We are earning about 2-3 US dollars per day.
- The salaries are delayed, hence we get a lot of embarrasment from the landlords and even get locked out of our houses.
- We even work forced overtime without any pay.
- The employers don’t respect the collective bargaining agreement.
- Due to the low wages we get, you find expatriate managers harrass girls sexually and workers are forced into commercial sex work.
- There is union-busting when we try to organize and workers are beaten by the police for demonstrating.
- Even transport is not given when we work until late at night.
We know that students at Purdue have been on hunger strike for weeks and we urge you to accept their demands so that they do not continue suffering. We have suffered enough in the hands of these employers and what we are requesting is for you just to accept the cause of the strike because in doing this you would have saved us and our families. If you want to confirm the kind of problem we go through, in our zones you can just talk to United Students Against Sweatshops or speak with us directly over the phone.
(Signed by 14 Rising Sun workers)
The workers also recorded a video of messages of support - click here to watch!