Mexico: Workers, some as young as 13, locked out for protesting unsafe working conditions at Rubie's Costume factory - makes Time Warner-licensed costumes

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Company response
9 November 2005

Response by Warner Bros. (part of Time Warner): Rubie's Costume Co. facility, allegedly producing Warner Brothers costumes, accused of child labour, safety infringements & other labour abuses.

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Article
8 November 2005

[PDF] Response from Rubie's de Mexico

Author: Willis J. Goldsmith, Jones Day, Counsel for Rubie's de Mexico

...[The] October 7, 2005 article [by LabourStart, "Time Warner Exploits Child Labor in Mexico"]...contains a number of false allegations relating to union representation and working conditions in the Rubie's de Mexico facility... Rubie's de Mexico has never hired workers below the legal age limit in Mexico. Moreover, no Warner Bros. or Mattel brand costumes are being manufactured at this location. Additionally, the allegations regarding layoffs are unfounded... The FTVO-CROC union...[is] publicizing these and other false allegations to gain...support for their efforts to oust the CTM, the union that is the current bargaining representative of Rubie's de Mexico workers.

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Article
1 November 2005

[PDF] [letter addressing allegations about Warner Bros. licensee Rubie's Costume Company]

Author: Susan N. Fleishman, Executive Vice President - Corporate Communications, Warner Bros.

...[Around] the world, Warner Bros. [part of Time Warner] is committed to meeting or exceeding local laws governing labor and working conditions... [No] products based on Warner Bros. Entertainment properties are produced at the Rubie's de Mexico factory in Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo... We understand that the Department of Labor of the Government of Mexico, the Mexican National Federation of Workers, the Secretary General of the Municipality of Tepeji del Rio and an independent auditor have confirmed that the Rubie's factory meets or exceeds local laws governing labor and working conditions. Specifically, [regarding] allegations of the use of child labor, unsanitary conditions and other alleged conditions of employment... a local authority and an independent auditor have confirmed that the allegations are false... Warner Bros. Consumer Products is in the process of conducting its own independent audit.

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Article
7 October 2005

Time Warner Exploits Child Labor in Mexico

Author: LabourStart

A group of young, mostly female workers in Hidalgo, Mexico, some as young as 13 years-old, who have made Harry Potter and other Halloween costumes with Warner Brothers [part of Time Warner] logos, have been illegally locked out [by Rubie's Costume Company] for protesting child labor violations, unsafe and unjust working conditions, and the company’s refusal to recognize their collective bargaining agreement.

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Company response
11 September 2005

Response by Rubie's Costume: Rubie's Costume Co. facility accused of child labour, safety infringements & other labour abuses.

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