The Argument Against Sweatshops In The Workplace

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Almost everyone knows sweatshops are not acceptable places to work or support. Sweatshops, per definition from the International Labor Organization are organizations that violate more than two labor laws (Venkidaslam). There are several arguments against sweatshops. First, is that these organizations exploit their workers. They provide them low wages and some pay below the minimum wage of the home nation. Moreover, these workers are forced to work more than 60 hours per week and are mandated to work overtime. In addition, workers are subjected to unsafe environments and sexual abuse. Finally, sweatshops are known for their child labor, where children below the legal working age are paid extremely small wages. Anyone who is against sweatshops will say, choosing to partner with these organizations are unethical. With this being said, why do so many companies choose to partner with these organizations? Many people think that companies are only using sweatshops to decrease their labor cost. Even though this is exactly true, after researching, there are positive benefits to a sweatshop. According to Times Magazine, “sweatshops are only a symptom of poverty, not a cause, and banning them closes off one route out of poverty” (Kristof). Thus, one reason companies choose to work with sweatshops is that they help lift people out of poverty. In addition, after reading Kristof’s article in the Times Magazine, Where Sweatshops Are a Dream, one mother actually hoped her son would be able
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