u4d18 wrote:I find it pretty hard to target one company because all the big players do it. It's slaves by proxy, but we're all in the same boat. Consumers demand lots of goods at cheap prices. The only way to compete is to employ people on the cheap. But 'cheap' is relative as the media just compare with western wages, they don't say that the cost of living in these countries is dirt cheap as well. Anyway, if they weren't working in the factory then they'd be doing something less well paid locally.
In all reality, the big factory owners can't really come in offering wages that are significantly higher than the local going rate because they'd push up inflation because the governement etc would have to raise their wages to match the factories and other local businesses wouldn't be able to get a look in.
Simple example, my in-laws in Malaysia employ an Indonesian maid who works pretty much 7 days a week (ok, the work's not that hard, but it's still 7 days). She's getting paid £100 a month, sounds like a slave huh? That's 500 Ringit Malaysian but a school teacher is getting paid just over a 1000RM in Malaysia. So in reality a cleaner is getting half the pay of a school teacher. That doesn't sounds too unfair. It's just when you convert it to our currency it sounds unfair.
That £100 a month when converted to Rupia is a lot of money and after the maids have done a couple of years they head back to Indon with more money than they could've ever earned locally.
So what to us would initially sound harsh and slave like is actually prety fair for all concerned.
However, I still say slave-by-proxy because we are using the comparative value of our currency to employ millions of people to do the work we don't want to give us the life-style we want to lead and we don't even have to see them. We get big corporations to do it for us.
pst wrote:What he is saying is Hurley is owned by Nike, but you probably knew this seeming as though you have been watching the situation for a while...
hopefully Nike will drive some of the exorbitant prices on kit down
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