||[Aug. 20th, 2006|03:57 pm]
Hey everyone, what's up? Last week my class of Advanced 2 students looked at "sweatshops", do you know what they are??? If not, take a look at this page: http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/sweatshops/ and get updated!
Well lots of my studes had strong feelings about the topic, so I asked them to write a reaction paper against sweatshops.. so take a look! Nice comments are always welcome, of course!
Laura and Victor:
Sweatshops arose at a time when workers did not have the protections offered by trade unions or labor laws, and sweatshops are synonymous with working conditions that violate human rights sensibilities and sometimes public policies.
When used today as a appropriate term, sweatshops may be linked to child labor, labor law violations, or factories with low levels of wages or workplace safety, or employers that
prevent workers from unionizing or advocating for themselves in other ways. It is also used to
suggest a workplace that is physically or mentally abusive, or that crowds, confines, or compels workers, as would be the case with penal labor or slave labor.
We disagree, because they violate human rights and don’t let the children complete their studies and obviously increase the ignorance in all the world. In addition it increases the risk to make their health worse, and they don’t enjoy their childhood. The authorities shouldn’t allow it, and they should inspect all sweatshops and penalize the sweatshops owners. We think that a reason why children work in sweatshops is because their economy is too bad and they need to work a lot of help their families or maybe problems come up in their houses, that’s why they need to work at any price. That situation is too complicated but finally we think that it has a solution, but society needs to pressure and don’t let that arbitrariness continue, and manifest their dissatisfactions.
Sarahi, Perla and Carlos:
We believe that sweatshops exist for the owners' interests also
sometimes they take advantage of the workers' necessities because we think that
the workers don’t have enough money and they need to have more profits.
Another problem in the sweatshops is that the Owners don’t have enough
money to buy and look after the machines and the work place.
The sweatshops don’t have clothes for the workers that they need, they also
need more security because in the sweatshop, workers can have many accidents.
In some companies the workers don’t receive a sufficient salary and if
they work extra hours the owner don't give them more money.
We think that the sweatshops are a big problems because in many of these
exist child labor, labor violations and danger. Sweatshops are also sometimes
implicated in human trafficking in developing countries like India, China, and Honduras.
However sweatshops exist in the first world and the third world.
Workers are paid insufficient wages and they are unable to meet their basic needs, are not
allowed to organize independent unions, and often face health and
We think that the sweatshops should be closed because the people in those kinds of companies work a lot and they are treated very badly.
We believe the workers should be treated better because they are the support of all companies and they are the principal recourse after money.
We need to remember that there are laws that protect workers and it should be respected in all of the countries and the sweatshops should be closed.