Bangladesh disaster another risk of cheap labor

 

The recent collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh is only the latest of such disasters, including fires, in so-called developing countries. Hundreds of workers are losing their lives because of unsafe working conditions. Graft and corruption are generally the cause.

Worse yet is that many of these factories are producing goods for American businesses and consumers. Yet the American companies that order these products, and receive tax breaks and incentives, allow these unsafe conditions to exist. While they may claim shock and awe at the loss of life, it’s obvious to me that they have turned a blind eye to the working conditions in these countries. The allegation that cheap foreign labor benefits our consumers shouldn’t fly with us as an acceptable risk.

Richard Blattner, Hollywood

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