The Importance Of Sweatshops In Developing Countries

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A sweatshop is a factory or workshop, especially in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions. As mentioned in the article, “The Noble Feat of Nike”, by Johan Norberg, globalization is the main key to open the multinational corporations and provide job opportunities to the workers especially in poor or developing countries. The goal of this multinational corporation is to bring trade agreement and friendly relationships among the nations. With their investments in poor countries, multinationals bring new machinery, better technology, new management skills as well as production ideas, a larger market and the education of their workers. Although sweatshops create opportunities …show more content…
“Piece rate” payment is in fashion to keep labor costs low where sweatshops wage are based on the number of items – shirts, shoes, socks – they complete in a shift which shows that they have to work hard and work long. In “Free Trade Agreements and a Global Economy Increase Sweatshops”, a Mexican worker shares his story about spending all day on his feet with hot vapor which usually burned his skin and by the end of the day his arms and shoulders were in pain. They have to meet the quota of 1000 pieces per day which translates to more than a piece every minute; due to high quota it takes long time to complete it. Yet Nicholas Kristoff mentions that the working conditions in sweatshops are relatively better than a dangerous and dirty dump, and that it’s an ambition among many workers to get jobs in sweatshop. In “Free Trade Agreements and a Global Economy Increase Sweatshops”, workers are frequently required to work overtime such that to saws jerseys for the National Basketball Association which leads them to work an 11 hours shift, six days a week and if they refuse to work overtime, they lose a day’s pay. However workers are suppressed in order to produce clothes in large number of production which is not fair enough to raise the standard of living. The garment factories are mobile and in order to gain the profit they are seeking …show more content…
In “Free trade agreements and a global economy increase sweatshop”, a Nicaraguan worker shares his feelings for not respecting the workers as a human beings. However Nicholas Kristoff mentions that the working conditions in sweatshop are better to the child than a dangerous and dirty dump, despite of going against the child labor and talking about the rights of child education. Besides globalization what about the fact, those sweatshop workers are subjected to face abusive treatment. In “Free Trade Agreements and a Global Economy Increase Sweatshops”, the only “benefit” that multinational corporations have for developing countries is exploitation (par.1). They claim these corporations are often looking for developing countries that offer the lowest wages to maximize their profits. Even though, according to Norberg, the sweatshop workers are subsidized with meal, free medical services, training and education, what is the use of it if they are not treated as human beings? According to “Free Trade Agreements and a Global Economy Increase Sweatshops”, sexual abuse is mostly endemic among the age of twenties who are earning money for their families; this is not a way of treating to women who are struggling for their livelihood.

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