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Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 07:12 GMT 08:12 UK
S Korean companies accused of exploitation

An international clothing workers' union has accused some South Korean firms of exploiting and abusing their workers.

The Brussels-based International Textile, Garment and Leather Federation condemned South Korean-owned factories in countries such as Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Guatemala.

It said they were "sweatshops" which treat their workers like slaves.

The federation's secretary general, Neil Kearney, said attempts to form trades unions were often met with intimidation and death threats.

He warned that those guilty of such practices would be driven out of the clothing industry.

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