The top is a tough place to be. Just ask Toyota
, which is now facing charges of worker right abuses, including the use of sweat shops and human trafficking. As we've reported before, Japan even has a word for being overworked to death: karoshi
. Toyota plants are not immune to this stress-related disease, as workers at its plants have indeed suffered death
due to working too hard. These facts have caught the attention of The National Labor Committee, which has an entire report
worked up that alleges Toyota over-works and under-pays its Japanese employees and has ties to various unsavory Dictators. It's also been well established that Toyota does not want its American workforce unionized.
The report is being directly targeted at Prius-driving celebrities who see Toyota as the shining green beacon in a world of pollution-spewing car companies. Whether or not this report has all its facts straight, if famous Toyota supporters in Hollywood react to these allegations, Toyota could indeed have a public relations disaster on its hands.
[Source: The National Labor Committee
via World Car Fans