Pants-of-dog wrote:Are you seriously arguing that the conditions of sweatshop workers in Bangladesh is something to which developing countries should aspire?
No. But in countries like Bangladesh, the garment industry not only lifts millions out of poverty, it has also significantly changed the position of women in society. They have become wage earners and get resdpect and (some) freedom.
When I first came to Bangladesh a couple of decades ago, the only women one could see in the streets were either beggars or prostitutes. Now women move around pretty freely.
Pants-of-dog wrote:In other words, having a sweatshop isn't necessarily better than nothing.
I beg to differ.
Landless farmers, rickshaw pullers and domestic servants are much worse off than garment workers.
It is easy to copy/paste stuff and see how miserable and dangerous life still is for the majority of the people in Bangladesh but that picture is not balanced nor is it complete.
I am sure that Westerners do not realise that 0.25 USD gets you a warm meal from the majority of restaurants in BD. That places the 100-200 dollar monthly wage in another perspective altogether.
By the way, the article you quoted mentioned the huge improvements implemented since the Rana Plaza disaster. Journalists will go to dark overcrowded sweatshops to prove a point whilst the majority of garment factories are new, clean, ventilated, and so on. Buyers insist on rigorous compliance inspections and contrary to China, there is no corruption in the compliance procedures. I know, I was involved.
My original post stands. Globalisation improved the life of the rich in both industrialised and poor nations and the poor in the poor nations whilst the middle class in the West is on the losing side.
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