The corporations that have offshored everything but the executive washrooms insist that outsourcing is just swell. They claim that it is what we want, and everybody wins. The truth, of course,goes a little deeper than cheaper products (and they really aren’t; the profits are what is better, as the greedmeisters pocket the difference in what they would have had to pay American workers.) Boy George’s generous taxpayer funding, and exemption from taxation on any profit made overseas, made offshoring the cool thing to do. And there’s one other perk that American corporations enjoy from offshoring that isn’t often mentioned, but is every bit as big a draw as paying slave-wages and no taxes. That draw is that American corporations have no need to worry about environmental issues, or the issue of workplace safety. What we saw in West, Texas, last week reminded us of why OSHA was set up to begin with. Lax enforcement of workplace safety laws there resulted in an Armangeddon for anyone who lived near the fertilizer plant that exploded.
Now imagine for a second how lax they get if there are NO workplace regulations. Hell, don’t imagine it. I’ll show you.
At least 175 mainly women workers were killed in a Bangladesh building collapse and rescuers searching for survivors said on Thursday that many more were trapped in the rubble of a complex that housed factories supplying Western clothes retailers.
The disaster, which comes five months after a factory fire that killed more than 100 people, could hurt Bangladesh’s reputation as a source of low-cost goods and call attention to European and North American companies that buy products there.
Rescue workers were digging through the wreckage of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (20 miles) outside the capital Dhaka, which collapsed on Wednesday. More than 1,000 people were injured.
“The death toll could go up as many are still trapped under the rubble,” Dhaka’s district police chief, Habibur Rahman, told Reuters.
Dhaka city development authority on Thursday filed a case against the building’s owner for faulty construction. It filed another case against the owner and the five garments factories for causing unlawful death, police chief Rahman said.
I do not buy new clothes. I could afford them, but I don’t want to contribute to this. 95% of everything I own came out of a thrift store, and this is why.
There has got to be a change here. Greed is admired. There is nothing admirable about greed. I don’t think anyone resents you getting rich, unless this is the way you do it. You (I hope) and I would like to be rich, but we wouldn’t be willing to kill people to get rich. Our corporate culture is all too willing to do so.
And it has to change.