What Everybody Ought To Know About Chinese Manufacturing
There is a series of articles called American Imports, Chinese Deaths over at The Salt Lake Tribune that tells you things about Chinese manufacturing that everybody should know.
If you are poor, you don’t mean much in China
The articles show that for too many manufacturing companies in China (and this extends to construction, service industries, and any industry that is filled with low wage workers) that profits come first, and workers come last.
It’s a pretty powerful statement against a country which has its idealogical foundations rooted in the interests of the worker, and a saddening reflection of the state of things in today’s China.
Go ahead and click on the link above, and read through this series if you haven’t already. Here is the beginning if you’re still not sure:
With each new report of lead detected on a made-in-China toy, Americans express outrage: These toys could poison children.
But Chinese workers making the toys photo — and countless other products for America — touch and inhale carcinogenic materials every day, all day long: Benzene. Lead. Cadmium. Toluene. Nickel. Mercury. Many are dying. They have fatal occupational diseases.
Mostly they are young, in their 20s and 30s and 40s. But they are dying, slow difficult deaths, caused by the hazardous substances they use to make products for the world — and for America. Some say these workers are paying the real price for America’s cheap goods from China.
Another reason to be wary of Made in China, don’t you think?
So What’s The Solution?
What do you think? Don’t buy from China? Somehow pressure multinational companies to insure (through a better auditing system than exists now) that their products are being made in safe, humane factories?
I don’t have any concrete answers, but you might be able to help out in the comments below.