Oct 01 2008
the entire program
With sales of their Hybrid vehicles skyrocketing amid high gas prices, Toyota Corporation is racing past auto giants like General Motors. The company enjoys a reputation for investing in modest design, reasonable prices, and environmentally friendly cars. Many progressives, including myself, have bought Toyota Prius’s in order to use less fossil fuels, and lighten the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. And with nearly 45 miles to the gallon, its easier on the wallet! But, behind the unassuming facade, lies a disturbing underbelly of worker exploitation, guest worker trafficking, and union busting. A new report released by Corpwatch details Toyota’s labor practices in Toyota City, Japan, the Philippines, Burma, and right here in the US. The report is authored by Barbara Briggs, assistant director of the National Labor Committee.