By Staff Reporter, Aug 15, 2013 04:26 PM EDT
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Honduras factory workers have been making headlines for their poor worker conditions after news leaked that one factory was forcing its workers to wear diapers for the sake of efficiency. The company in question is Korean owned Kyungshin-Lear which makes harnesses to export to the United States.
According to complaints filed by Daniel Durón, the general secretary of the General Confederation of Workers of Honduras, the workers -- which reportedly consists of 4,000 Korean immigrants and Honduran laborers -- are forced to wear diapers so that they do not waste time to go to the bathroom.
But local union leader Evangelina Argueta is stating that local media outlets have misunderstood the situation, as the workers are not being forced to wear diapers but willingly chose to wear them. Even if this statement is true, the sheer fact is that the workers are chosing to wear them due to poor work conditions. Consider this: Workers at the factory claim that restricted bathroom time is so strict and short that employees have opted to wear diapers to guarantee they don't wet themselves while working on the assembly line.
What's more, the workers allege that the company has a reputation of firing any employee that joins the factory's union and the company makes pregnant women stand up for hours to assemble electrical wiring systems. Additionally, the workers accuse the company of violating workers' rights to privacy to placing video cameras in the factory's bathrooms.
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Kyungshin-Lear has denied the accusations and a spokesman for the company, based in Alabama, states that they do not limit bathroom time and that the government has never told the company that they are breaking any laws. Fusion reports that the company sent them a statement from the Honduras' National Commission for Human Rights, saying that officials from that agency found no problems with the factory.
But this statement contradicts the accusations of the workers and the claims and concerns made by other agencies. The Honduran Ministry of Labor has revealed in a press release issued on Monday that they are looking into the working conditions at the factory to guarantee that "workers' rights are respected."