The owners forced them to live in isolated communities near workshops and forced them to buy goods with high interests. The cities were poorly constructed and crowded with people and residents. The work was also dangerous with not much supervising by the government.Workers, on the other hand, had little or even no bargaining power to leave the unsafe conditions. Nowadays, When Americans only pay attention when extreme work strike, levels of abuse are the norm hidden in the factories around the globe. Although the condition seems much improved, consumers don’t know the true fact- “Today, American citizens simply cannot know the working conditions of the factories that make the products they buy.
The article taught me about the problems associated with coal mining. However, “To Dance with the Devil” did not have any personal relevance to me. I am not acquainted with anyone who has experience with the coal mining industry, but the information did make me think somewhat. This text made me consider the lengths to which governments will go to order to achieve financial gain and how they can be driven by greed. Also, I became aware of the fact that something can be economically beneficial to the government, but it can have severe impacts on the environment and surrounding communities.
Rarely, but effectively, it can result in a temporary stop in production. It would often be seen as a successful liberation, but what we do not know is that the line between exploitation and opportunity blurs among common laborers. “Our needs create opportunity for factory workers and farmers abroad” (Timmerman), and by boycotting their products they will lose their only jobs. Even if it is close to no wage, they are stripped of the only job they have. It is hard to imagine, but most of these people would rather work in substandard conditions for a couple cents per hour than to have no employment at all.
The author violates another intellectual standard, the breadth when he takes only his point of view. He does not consider whether workers that work for that company are happy to work there, and the working conditions that we think are horrible are normal for them. For example, working ten-hour shifts is normal in Asian countries, especially Vietnam. In order to fix it, author may add more evidences stating how exhausting it is or at least some workers' testimonies to make sure that workers believe that they are abused, not we believe that working under these condition means abusing the
Children who do not have money are more likely to work at places that are very harmful. For example, “Places such as agriculture, mining, and construction all lead to poverty related health problems” (“Hunt”). Children work hard in these types of places because they have no other option to earn their way of living at such a young age. Poverty related health problems such as “Malnutrition, fatigue, and anemia can increase the risks of permanent disabilities and premature death” (“Hunt”). There has to be another option for a child rather than to be put into child labor.
We can take the instance of rat-hole mining. We are well versed with why the practice is bad and how people are being exploited but have we ever stopped to ask ourselves if the decision to ban the practices has had an impact on those going into the mines? Yes, they are risking their lives. Yes, they are being abused by the overlords who couldn’t care less about their well-being so long as they turn a profit. But what about the miner who was able to put together something that kept him and his family alive by going into the mine?
These people who had risked their own security to help runaways would be ruined, fined, imprisoned.” This shows how their fear of being found made it essential for them to continue on. It shows the harsh punishments to not only the escapees but to also those who helped them, such as the German farmer. Despite the severity of the punishments, they do not stop opposition, which is displayed by the Underground Railroad still existing, but they only have negative effects that are arguably more serious than the ethical violations and consequences of
Mining not only disrupts the ecosystem by getting rid of trees, but also by polluting water supplies when the poisonous chemicals they use to separate waste from the minerals. The pollution effects local people, as well as fish and animals. These acts unfavorably impact the environment and earth as a
“Apple, the world 's most valuable technology company, has been accused by labor rights groups of building profits on the back of poorly treated and underpaid workers in Asia (Peters, 2014).” As a matter of fact, third-party recruiters hired underage workers illegally. Therefore, there were illegal and unethical practices taking place in the supply chain of apple. Many argue that child labor can be ethical because it provides children with the opportunity to economically contribute to impoverished families, in situations where either the parents aren’t able to work, are not present or can’t afford to support the family. In order for child labor to be ethical, the child’s individual health and safety, freedom, childhood, and economic rights must be preserved. According to Kant’s perspective, as long as the employer views the child as an end but not as a means, child labor can then be ethical.