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The Collapse Of Rana Plaza

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In continuation, the United States federal government should enforce legislation to restrict outsourcing to protect human rights of foreign laborers. Today, American citizens simply cannot know the working conditions of the factories that make the products they buy. This is hugely beneficial for corporations who want to keep us ignorant of their activities. We know about extreme incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse that capture the world’s attention, however briefly, or when workers get so fed up with the conditions that they strike long enough and loud enough to get the Western world’s attention. But the day-to-day disasters that maim or kill a single worker or the accumulation of lead in workers’ bodies—those go almost completely unreported.…show more content…
The collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 represents the greatest structural disaster in history and illustrates the disregard of the foreign apparel companies Zara and Benneton hold for their laborers by disregarding health standards and ignoring complaints of visible structural cracks. 2,500 people were injured by the collapse of Rana Plaza, with a death toll of 1,130. “Three years have passed and still we don't see any justice. No one has been held to account for one of history's worst man-made disasters," union leader Abul Hossain said at a commemorative protest at the site of the disaster. "This work is unfinished. The memory of the Rana Plaza tragedy and victims serve as constant reminder and motivation to all of us that we must succeed in these efforts," (Zarroli 2) according to a statement from the group. In most cases, like the collapse of Rana Plaza, companies ultimately responsible for the abhorrent working conditions that often lead to human and environmental disasters, choose to offer minimal reparations or, most often, ignore the problem…show more content…
Supporters argue that outsourcing has a minimal effect on job losses, and has increased economic growth in some cases. In actuality, outsourcing has decreased the domestic economy by decimating job opportunities and lowering wages. Steven Pearlstein, economics columnist for the Washington post reaffirmed arguments that outsourcing has decreased employment availability and stability of the economy by saying “There are growing numbers of people who think that what started as a sensible, globalized extension of sending some work outside a firm to specialized companies may in fact be creating long-term structural unemployment in the United States, hollowing out entire industries”. (Pearlstein 3) The IT industry has been especially affected by outsourcing, with many jobs moving overseas to India and Bangladesh, leaving employees in the United States without a job, unable to compete with lower wage offerings. Supporters of outsourcing argue that this business strategy increases everyone’s productivity, raising everyone’s income, and boosting economic growth. Many such studies tend to focus on large multinational corporations, for which the data and anecdotes are more readily available. And indeed, during the 1990s, the data seemed to show that for every one job added abroad, companies added almost two new
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