Monday, July 20, 2015

Go Business: Modern Day Slavery

To many persons are being taken advantage of and/or exploited today. Modern day slavery, regarding labor, is when an institution demands 100% of your hard work in labor, but does not pay you enough to live. 

After recently seeing many incidents of low pay, shortened hours, and watching the documentary movie, The True Cost, the epidemic of over-working for pennies is an all too common trend that illuminates modern day slavery today. 

In the documentary movie, India appears to allow their people to work through the worse conditions, in the worse plant conditions, in which people were killed. India's citizens make only pennies a month. 

This type of labor today, which consists of people working for less than the cost of living, occurs all over the world. It can fuel injustice and injustice can fuel violence.

There is no excuse for paying someone pennies, or what can be considered too less to make a living, for the labor they provide. 


Governments need to demand fairness. In the movie the government in these Least-Developed Countries just allow these things to happen. 

Most of the reason they allow this is because they take pay-offs for silence and ignorance towards the situation. This does not just happen in these Least-Developed Countries, but all over the world. Not all leaders can be bought, however, most of them can. 

Any government that has embraced the obligation of the public service role is obligated to be in favor of what will help, please, and satisfy the needs of the public. If not, then that institution should not label themselves a governing body. 

Here in the United States, the cost of living has gone up since the 1980s and 2009. The government here fosters modern day slavery because they have not updated the Minimum Wage Law.  

The current minimum wage law allows companies to pay as low as $7.25 an hour in some areas, which is below the cost to live in almost all areas of the U.S. 

Until this law is updated, people will be faced with needing government assistance to live. 


One cannot place the blame completely on the government. Most large businesses would rather lay-off than pay employees more money. This also hurts individuals or citizens. 

This can also hurt the changes the government makes to benefit society. The change to a higher minimum wage must be a joint effort. It cannot work when the government demands this change and businesses decide they do not like it and will lay-off 30 or 60% of their employees. 

Even in India, people that own the manufacturing businesses must change also. They need to have some consideration for their own people and demand more from these companies looking for laborers. 

However, one must also realize that these same plant owners are in a tough position. If they should demand more from these business owners, they may take their labor needs elsewhere. Businesses must want the same changes that the government does and vice versa. 

What Can Be Done?

What can fix, change, and regulate the way business is negotiated worldwide? The Trade Agreements Act that was created in 1979 could help with this. This is another Act that needs to be updated.

It needs to hold businesses accountable for their waste as well as create new rules in regards to labor and demand. In other words, it needs to be expanded with some consideration towards workers everywhere. 
The World Trade Organization could help with this as well. With the update of this Agreement, and the unification of governments, fair labor practices can be established worldwide. 

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