Businesses are booming on a global scale. Even with traditional business, you can sell your goods or offer your services to virtually everyone on the World Wide Web. The growing capitalist economy did an excellent job in conditioning the minds of the people to desire more material things in their lives, which drives the economy even further. While traditional economic principles explain the law of supply and demand, the new breed of entrepreneurs totally changed the landscape by creating demand for things and services that used to be not a necessity in people’s lives.
So, you get big markets for almost everything under the sun: towels and bedding, furniture and appliances, heck, even water pipes and bongs. Meanwhile, the advent of technology brings about a wave of tech gadgets for your every need. The most recent favorite are smart gadgets that not only look sleek and fancy but can do multiple things all at once using just one gadget. They also serve as portals to the web. You no longer need bulky computers or laptops to access the World Wide Web. And with this newfound freedom comes a new set of needs and wants. And for a country with the highest population on the planet today, an opportunity just opened up for China – cheap Chinese labor to meet the market’s demand. The Chinese workforce has been riddled by controversies for quite some time now as the Western World learns more about dire working conditions in most Chinese factories all over Mainland China.
What a twisted principle, that is. “Let some people get rich first and the rest of China will follow suit.” It seems that this principle really worked well for some while the majority of the Chinese population are still living in poverty considering how powerful and rich China’s economy is. Most popular brands nowadays have factories in China, because duh, cheap Chinese labor. For them, the end justifies the means. These companies enjoy bigger profits without sacrificing production by getting things done in China than in their own countries.
For a country that takes pride in their fast rising economy, military, and technological advancements, it is disheartening to hear about stories like this where the people are exploited by their own people or even by the government itself. Most Chinese are forced to endure these unacceptable working conditions in filthy and possibly dangerous factory environments only to earn a few dollars each day because most of them are contractual workers – meaning no work, no pay.
The rest of the world do not seem to mind, especially the big companies and corporations that have offshore offices and factories in China – because they got to do what they go to do to grow their business and make sure everyone profits even at the expense of that poor and starving Chinese laborers who’ll forever remain without names. As these stories reach social media and more liberal news outfits, will these conditions change or will this be just a case of minding your own business?
Cheap Chinese Labor, Anyone? See more on: chrdnet.org