MAN 329: Journal #14: Sweatshops
The difference between an ethical an unethical "sweatshop" is a blurred line. Certain actions can immediately identified as unethical. An unethical sweatshop is as the author describes; dismal grim factories where brutal managers housing workers in firetraps, exposing children to dangerous chemicals, denying bathroom breaks, demanding sexual favors from workers, forcing people to work double shifts or dismissing anyone who tries to organize a union. These actions violate basic human rights. The article describes one factory where the 100 employees that make wallets were happy to be working at. The day starts at 6:30am and goes to 7:00pm, with a half hour for lunch at 12:00pm. Some workers regarded the long work hours as a plus, as it allowed them to earn more. For a sweatshop to be ethical, it workers would have to be housed in buildings that are hazardous to their lives and proper safety precautions, equipment, and process used when handling dangerous chemicals. Allowing reasonable breaks for workers to attend to bodily functions such as urinating would be had. Workers would be expected to complete specific work-related activities and not feel pressure to engage in sexual acts to maintain their employment. The workers’ right to organize as a union is a law in the United States. An ethical factory or sweatshop would make efforts to hear the thoughts of their workforce and adjust...