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  •  Workers MUST unite (1+ / 0-)
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    leftinhamlet

    I do not wish to minimise the harm, hurt and anguish suffered by the Bangladesh workers and families.  This is a tragedy.

    But, just as slavery depressed the US economy, these workers unwittingly harm the US economy too.  When they are paid a decent competitive wage and accrue benefits such as pensions, sick pay and health care (and, of course, safe working conditions), the American worker will have an opportunity to compete.  Cheap clothes may (or may not) offer some relief from poverty in the LCC's. but they certainly harm the US worker and the country's economy.  Our suffering is minimal by comparison, but it is very real.

    •  Workers Uniting (0+ / 0-)

      I think I understand your reply and I hope you saw the following statements in my somewhat lengthily "non-academic" rant. (I don't have time to groom these posts).

      Re: the following statement from my original post....

      "Marx called for international worker unity. We can support the Bangladeshi workers by writing/pressuring clothing companies, writing/pressuring our representatives, and threatening to take our clothing dollars elsewhere.

      By striking against the companies, by boycotting their products, by uniting for fair working conditions and wages, I believe that we will raise the bar for all workers across the world. Companies may be beyond governments but so are consumers.

      Historically, when unions raised the bar for their members, other non-union workers benefited."

      Yes, the Bangladeshi workers need our empathy and help. But all of us, that care about human rights and social justice, are going to need to organize and stand up to owners everywhere to create the working conditions that promote human dignity.

      A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell........... Justice is what love looks like in public - Cornel West/MLK

      by leftinhamlet on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:08:10 PM PDT

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