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Pay and Working Conditions Around the World

Comment 19th July 2010

We should legislate to ensure that we only import goods from countries which have similar standards to our own with regard to pay and working conditions (allowing for cost of living differences) and bought from companies which do not dodge or shirk whatever legislation is in place in the countries where they operate.

This is quite simply the next step in the abolition of the slave trade.

Environmental protection standards should also be ensured, and all of the standards we insist upon should be monitored.

Why does this matter?

The pay and working conditions of many of those who make the clothes we wear, grow the food we eat and manufacture many other products we buy from around the world are famously appalling.

We have protected our workers over many years with legislation to ensure their health, safety, and wellbeing, whether it be by insisting that employers provide safety gear and permit rest breaks, or by allowing unions to represent workers, or by instituting a minimum wage.

It is a disgrace that we import goods from countries who do not have similar legislation, and from companies which dodge whatever legislation is in place.

This will also benefit our own farming and manufacturing industries, as products which are dirt cheap at the expense of a long-suffering overseas workforce would dissappear from our shops.

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