Do you have your fingers in your ears and are you singing LALALALALALA?TheStatutoryApe said:I see you've completely side stepped my mentioning the fact that a slave is treated completely differantly and is considered property.
At any rate, my point was that the worker can find another job. As soon as he leaves one he can look for another. Regardless of how long it takes or if he gets government help or not he will always have that choice.
A slave does not have this choice. He is property. He works or he will be beaten until he either works or has been beaten to death.
[URL said:http://www.ethicalmatters.co.uk/articles.asp?itemID=44&title=Exploitation]Poor[/URL] wages are by far the worst aspect of the sweatshop. Workers in China manufacturing Nike and Adidas trainers earn as little as 16 cents (US) a day, while the trainers sell for $100 or more in the US. More crucially, these workers are paid far less than the cost of living in their own countries. Development experts define a living wage as an amount, per hour, where a worker can afford to feed themselves and perhaps children, pay for basic clothing and accommodation, and have a little to spare to save or help with ageing parents. In China, these basics can be bought for just 87 cents an hour. The worker sewing shoes on a Nike assembly line is paid less than a quarter of that. Workers making Disney jackets and cuddly toys at the Megatex factory in Haiti make $2.15 a day, while their basics cost $6.12 a day.
Conditions in far off factories that manufacture goods for western consumption are notoriously harsh. Reports emerge of beatings, rape, fires and forced labour. Everyday conditions, which in the West would horrify, are more or less taken for granted: bans on socialising or even talking, monitored toilet breaks for which wages are deducted, stuffy and poorly ventilated factories, no protective gloves or masks, short term contracts with no consideration for sickness or redundancy pay.
Hours are also long, often with no pay for overtime. In China it is rare for a worker to do less than 60 hours a week. In the Li Wen factory, workers sewing handbags for Wal-Mart and Kathy Lee routinely do 84 hours a week - and suffer 24 hour stretches when orders need to be fulfilled.
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