[CR]PRISON LABOUR


Example: Production Builders:Frejus

From: Peter Koskinen <prkbikes@bellsouth.net>
To: CLassicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 16:20:48 -0400
Subject: [CR]PRISON LABOUR

SNIP< Tom Dalton wrote:
> First, you'll need to provide more than your say-so when you assert
> that Chinese lightweights are being built by conscripts on forced
> labor. I keep hearing this thrown around like truth, but I've never
> heard of any reports from NGOs or the like shedding any light on this
> practice. It just sounds like something grumpy old guys like us use
> as a half-truth to discredit bikes we don't like, and in some cases
> fear out of ignorance. Underpaid workers perhaps, but that rests on
> all of our heads if we buy anything made in China, or virtually
> anywhere else outside of the U.S., Canada, western Europe, Japan, and
> a handful of other places.

Rumor has it that certain Italian marques used prison labor during the bike-boom years (late 60s to late 70s).

-- John Thompson (john@os2.dhs.org) Appleton WI USA

END SNIP>

WOULD THAT BE TORPADO"S?

PETER REID KOSKINEN
CHAPEL HILL, NC, 27516, USA
prkbikes@bellsouth.net