Cheap Labor

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Sakar Mathews
Howell, Matthew M.A. ENG 111, English I - Section 17
15 November 2011
Cheap Labor:
An Ethical Dilemma?
United States companies are continuing to relocate factories to undeveloped countries and barely pay employees enough to live on. The outsourcing of manufacturing positions to foreign nations has grown increasingly popular among U.S. companies in recent decades in an effort to significantly reduce production costs. including, but not limited to: wages, code enforcement, regulations. However, these companies’ profit margins may come at an expense to others. Workers in foreign territories are providing services for a mere fraction of what traditional American workers would be compensated. In addition, frequently children are recruited to work in horrendous conditions due to low government regulation and undersized democracies. These families can hardly afford food and shelter, yet some still gauge this situation in a positive light. Is it better to have little or nothing at all? Is it unethical to pay cheap wages or are companies doing those workers a favor by providing employment?

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