02 Oct '12, 3pm

LAME EXCUSE FOR NOT PAYING A LIVING WAGE #5: "We're helping workers who would otherwise be unemployed"

5. WE'RE HELPING WORKERS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE UNEMPLOYED It’s true that, for many workers, getting a job at a garment or sportswear factory is better than some of the alternatives—that's why so many depend on them. The fact that people are desperate isn’t an excuse to exploit them. Workers aren’t getting their fair share of the benefits they are creating for the big companies. The fact that people are desperate isn’t an excuse to exploit them. We welcome the fact that millions of people are earning a wage. This alone, however, is not enough to lift them from poverty if employers can hire and fire at will, deny union rights, pay low wages that drive people to work inhumane hours just to survive, avoid paying sick leave, and avoid observing maternity rights. For many workers, these jobs carry devastating hidden costs, such as poor health, exhaustion, and broken families, a...

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