Plight of Sweatshop Workers

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Plight of Sweatshop Workers

"Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work. . .Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social service." These are excerpts from the Declaration of Human Rights. Written over 50 years ago, the Declaration was created to give, "inherent dignity and. . .equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family." The Declaration gave hope to many people across the globe who were living in tyranny and oppression, hoping for equality and fair treatment. Unfortunately for some, this document turned out to be merely one of false hope and lies. The people I speak of are our fellow human beings working under slave-like conditions in sweatshops. To them, the aforementioned promises are just a myth, something they can only dream about. As the aforementioned articles state, all human beings are guaranteed fair pay and working. Are not those sweat shop workers human beings? Of course they are human beings! Sadly, they're not treated like it. They're forced to work and incredible number of hours, under hazardous conditions and at ridiculously low wages. Don't they deserve the rights the Declaration mentions? Of course they do! This is the exact reason that such treatment can't continue. Something must be done. Although proponents of sweatshops say that consumer demand for the lowest prices controls worker wages and conditions, they are just fooling themselves. If they want to talk about it economically, cheap labor actually debilitates the economy by driving wages down and f...

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...eatshop abuses in California. This bill imposed a "wage guarantee" which provided workers minimum wage and overtime, it also, "Establishes successor employer liability so that garment factories cannot shut down and reopen under a different name to avoid paying the wages of its former employees ("USA" 2)." Lastly, it allows garment workers employed by non registered contractors to take them to court over lost wages, damages and penalties. When one considers the injustice the sweatshop worker deals with at the hands of corporate America, one cannot wonder how such actions are allowed. Where is the Declaration of Human Rights? This document declares rights to all humans. But somehow sweatshop workers are overlooked? They are human beings too. Something must be done to end this parade of abuse. Some action must be taken to mend the wounds of the worker.
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