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    Sweden : Ikea regrets forced-labour usage in East Germany

    Ikea regrets forced-labor usage in East Germany
    FRANK JORDANS
    November 17, 2012

    BERLIN — Swedish furniture giant Ikea expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.

    The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to Ikea between 25 and 30 years ago.

    The report concluded that Ikea managers were aware of the possibility that prisoners would be used in the manufacture of its products and took some measures to prevent this, but they were insufficient.

    “We deeply regret that this could happen,” Jeanette Skjelmose, an Ikea manager, said in a statement. “The use of political prisoners for manufacturing was at no point accepted by Ikea.”

    But she added that “at the time we didn’t have the well-developed control system that we have today and we clearly did too little to prevent such production methods.”

    Ikea asked auditors Ernst & Young in June to look into allegations aired earlier this year by a Swedish television documentary but first raised by a human rights group in 1982.

    Rainer Wagner, chairman of the victims’ group UOKG, said Ikea was just one of many companies that benefited from the use of forced prison labor in East Germany from the 1960s to 1980s.

    “Ikea is only the tip of the iceberg,” he told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this week.

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    Slave labour is shite. Period

    But do ask prisoners if they like something to do during the day

    I did

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Slave labour is shite. Period

    But do ask prisoners if they like something to do during the day

    I did
    One of the few points in history where krauts got a taste of their own medicine

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge
    But do ask prisoners if they like something to do during the day
    voluntary as opposed to forced

    as in apples and oranges .

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