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Sweatshops Report

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More Jobs for Brits At the present moment, awareness is being raised about the sweatshops rented by subcontractors to make the products marketed by internationally know brands such as Nike and Gap. But there is a question that lingers in people's minds that no one really seems to know the answer to. What is a sweatshop? A sweatshop is firstly not somewhere you would find in Britain. In Britain and many other first world countries there are strict laws that must be followed concerning working hours and conditions but in the less economically developed countries, many people are grateful if they can get a job. The governments in these countries tend not to be as strict on working conditions as they are in Britain and the laws which are created are not followed. The main reason goods are not manufactured in places such as Great Britain is because it is cheaper abroad. ...read more.


Women also get fired just for being pregnant. Some companies have been investigated for forcing their female workers to take birth control as well as making them have abortions. All companies claim to offer maternity leave as well as other benefits such as union membership but it is very rare that any of this ever takes place. A method of keeping their employees which has so far proved effective is surrounding sweatshops by high fences with barbed wire which are patrolled by hired guards with shot guns. It has also been helpful when trying to keep the public eye out. No one can question what goes on inside these factories as the sweatshop owners let no one inspect or investigate their factories. The big brands that hire them have more power than the average man but they chose to do nothing. They say that they are not responsible for how the factories treat their workers as they do not own or control them. ...read more.


So is there a solution? Sweatshops could be permanently closed and factories which follow human rights laws be set up in places such as Britain and the United States providing jobs for first world workers. However, this would be costly and it may be far better if the factories stayed in the countries they are presently in but started treating workers more fairly by paying larger wages and offering things such as maternity leave which people in this country take for granted. The majority of people who work in free trade zones are farmers who can not all live off the little money they make. People work at sweatshops just so that they can support their families. Not because it is their dream job or because they believe that it will make them a lot of money. By closing down sweatshops we may eliminate one problem but there is the possibility that a much greater one would replace it due to the lack of opportunities to work provided by the free trade zones. ...read more.

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