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Posted 9/30/12 , edited 9/30/12
--in America...yup

This is a very common thing happening in many parts of america. I've also seen many of them in China* town. Sometimes if I go to the right places, they can be as close as where I live. There is always a row of hidden ware houses filled with chinese old ladies making garments in these dark cramped spaces. I actually did my final research paper on this topic, and it kind of pisses me off how there is so little news on this even though they are clearly still happening.
Posted 9/30/12 , edited 9/30/12
funny how you mention China town.

when it comes to crappy conditions for workers the chinese are always mentioned.

Sad truth.
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Posted 9/30/12
Enough people scoff at paying a premium price for clothes, name-brand apparel, electronics that in order to keep prices cheap for the consumers industries and companies manufacture their goods through sweat shops. If a company is competing against another company in a particular sector for consumers, even a difference of $10-15 dollars can make a huge difference in terms of your sales.

This is why so many jobs are sent off to third world countries with no labor laws, no unions, no mandatory employee benefits like health insurance, vacation hours, bonuses, overtime, etc.

If you really want to oppose the globalization of businesses, then you have to alter your lifestyle. Buy local/national products that are manufactured in government-inspected and approved factories, where the workers get reasonable hours, are represented by a union, earn vacation hours and overtime, get health insurance, and use high quality materials. Be prepared to pay more money.
Posted 9/30/12

Winterfells wrote:

Enough people scoff at paying a premium price for clothes, name-brand apparel, electronics that in order to keep prices cheap for the consumers industries and companies manufacture their goods through sweat shops. If a company is competing against another company in a particular sector for consumers, even a difference of $10-15 dollars can make a huge difference in terms of your sales.

This is why so many jobs are sent off to third world countries with no labor laws, no unions, no mandatory employee benefits like health insurance, vacation hours, bonuses, overtime, etc.

If you really want to oppose the globalization of businesses, then you have to alter your lifestyle. Buy local/national products that are manufactured in government-inspected and approved factories, where the workers get reasonable hours, are represented by a union, earn vacation hours and overtime, get health insurance, and use high quality materials. Be prepared to pay more money.


Very valid point.
In Australia (and New Zealand) we have "Fairtrade" products. Fairtrade, the organization, delivers a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world (as quoted from their website). This includes fair and stable price for their produce, security of long-term contracts, investment in local community development, improved working conditions, environmentally sustainable farming methods and support in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy.

Personally I think it's a wonderful organization but, naturally, the power is in the hands of society. Their products are most definitely more expensive than the average. For instance the chocolate company Cadbury sells Fairtrade chocolate along side their other products and, of course, their usual products have a significantly lower price than the Fairtrade products. Yet paying a few dollars more can most definitely make a difference.
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Posted 9/30/12

Winterfells wrote:

Enough people scoff at paying a premium price for clothes, name-brand apparel, electronics that in order to keep prices cheap for the consumers industries and companies manufacture their goods through sweat shops. If a company is competing against another company in a particular sector for consumers, even a difference of $10-15 dollars can make a huge difference in terms of your sales.

This is why so many jobs are sent off to third world countries with no labor laws, no unions, no mandatory employee benefits like health insurance, vacation hours, bonuses, overtime, etc.

If you really want to oppose the globalization of businesses, then you have to alter your lifestyle. Buy local/national products that are manufactured in government-inspected and approved factories, where the workers get reasonable hours, are represented by a union, earn vacation hours and overtime, get health insurance, and use high quality materials. Be prepared to pay more money.


I'm not sure if you noticed.
but Union workers are slackers in a sense. I work for the Union I can tell you how piss off sometimes when I see the people work. so paying for products made by union does not mean it's really supporting the people. In the Union I work for, there's this lady who works 3 months out of a year and the rest she gets paid 75% of her wage because she claims she is injured.

now the people who works at the union gets around 10% of their paycheck cut to pay for such employees. and while other people are funding the union it makes me wonder. where is all the money going?

of course. the TOP branch of the union. Their medical package is around double what the low class union workers get. their pay lets say the post master. UMM. he was getting paid close to 400k a year. LOL

hmmm. 400k. yeah the Congress last year set a budget cut to his paystub. to a merely 325k a year.

health insurance for union is basically junk also. So in overall "Union" is a little better than private sector in job protection,
however pay wise private sector is alot better. healthcare wise is a tie depending on which company you work for.
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Posted 9/30/12
Manual Labour is good for you, I don't know if borderline slavery is loololol
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It is easy to solve this problem. All you need to do is not participate in the game of materialism.
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