Sunday, 19 July 2015

Rule #172: Sweatshops

We all knows bout' sweat shops in ferrrin' cuntries. Especially since Kathie Lee Gifford actually addressed the issue of her clothing line being made in sweat shops. So there's no need to discuss the fact that Sweatshops (or sweat factory) is a negatively connoted term for any working environment considered to be unacceptably difficult or dangerous. Hmmm.. sounds like my place of employment... Only one thing will solve the problem of sweat shops, and that's Rule #1. Unfortunately, due to it's controversial nature, we can't release it yet. For now, we have some work to do to get us by. Obviously there's no easy answer or it would have been solved by now. So, what do we do? 
I guess an obvious resolve would be to pay these poor workers in Bangladesh an honest wage. The lowest minimum wage currently in Canada is in Alberta @ $9.75 per hour. (interesting side note: the highest is in Nunavut @ $11.00... Nunavut! WTF? Well I'll have NONEOVIT! That's too much for Nunavites Nunavuters Nun... that's too much for Eskimos) anyhoo.. So, if we raise the wage of our garment creators in developing countries to minimum wage, I guess problem solved. Or is it?... Why would we have our products produced overseas just to have them shipped here when we can just produce them here for the same cost? Doesn't make a lot of sense.
 Well, I guess we could pull our production back to North America and exploit our own children. So, instead of 3 cents an hour, the poor children of Bangladesh will make no cents an hour. Is that better?
Or maybe we don't want to fix this problem at all. I mean really, who wants to pay more than $7 for a T-shirt at walmart anyway? It's interesting to note that according to the National Labor Committee, women sewing NBA jerseys make 24 cents per garment that will eventually sell for $140. The bigger crime here is paying that much for an NBA jersey! If you're doing that, either you have too much money or you're fucking retarded. I'm going with both.

Eventually, Rule #1 WILL solve this problem. But while we're waiting until January 6, we need a stop gap to help these people. Personally, if I live in an area where the best I can hope for my children is to make clothing for self absorbed people who have to replace their wardrobe every week because fuchsia is so last week, I'm not having kids. Apparently they don't share the same mentality. If you're interested, you can find some interesting information and some ideas HERE.

In the new world, Rule #1 will ensure all workers are treated fairly.
And NBA players will be paid 3 cents an hour.


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