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Rage Against the Wage

In Global Issues, Labor on December 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Bangladeshi garment workers, some of the least-paid in the world, protested lacking wage increases.

The Bangladeshi government recently passed a measure to increase the minimum wage of garment workers from $25 per month to $43. This measure has not been implemented by many factories across the country, triggering protests from thousands of garment workers. In their encounter with the police yesterday, many of them were confronted with tear gas, rubber pellets and three workers died in the attacks.

While this situation is rather unfortunate in itself, it is rather indicative of a trend in global production outsourcing that is increasing the development gap between the 1st and 3rd world by keeping majority of the people in poverty for the advancement of the rich. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost bought a shirt or a jacket, only to find that it’s “Made in India” or “Made in Bangladesh”. Looking at that label every time makes me wonder if the purchase I’m about to make will truly benefit someone in those countries trying to make a living. Read the rest of this entry »

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