Saturday, August 4, 2012

Do we really have that right to ultra cheap computers and clothes even if it means perpetuating the slave labor, child labor, barely subsistence-level pay, and rampant water and air pollution that occurs in other nations SPECIFICALLY to make our cheap goods possible?

Really? Is that what globalism boils down to?

Do we have a right to THIS?

WikiLeaks Haiti: Let Them Live on $3 a Day
Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives June 1, 2011

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.

The factory owners told the Haitian Parliament that they were willing to give workers a 9-cents-per-hour pay increase to 31 cents per hour to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica.

But the factory owners refused to pay 62 cents per hour, or $5 per day, as a measure unanimously passed by the Haitian Parliament in June 2009 would have mandated. And they had the vigorous backing of the US Agency for International Development and the US Embassy when they took that stand.

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