Industrialization in Vietnam

How our needs effect their working conditions

Impactful images

These three photos were the most impactful images to me, because of the message they all brought. My first image is a political cartoon of the Nike owners in America forcing children into labor in Vietnamese factories. The message behind this image is threatening and stood out to me a lot, because the children are terrified of the Nike owner, so they will do anything he says. The Nike owner is not being fair with the kids, because he is threatening them with the Nike check. "After this strike, according to factory workers, many of them were beaten up", this scared the workers into not striking and holding in their ideas for their work environment (Vozhdaeva, Oxana. "Vietnam Workers Kept like Slaves at Factory in Russia." BBC News 10 Aug. 2012: n. pag. Print.). The second photo shows women in there small living spaces that are provided by the factory. Workers were seen being mistreated. "None of the rooms had electricity. Workers told us wall sockets had been removed to prevent them charging up a mobile phone" (Vozhdaeva, Oxana. "Vietnam Workers Kept like Slaves at Factory in Russia." BBC News 10 Aug. 2012: n. pag. Print.). This is a factory just outside of Moscow that is run by Vietnamese people. All the women in this photo look exhausted and weak. They seem to be overworked and undernourished. The final photo does not have an image of people, rather, it has a broken image of the Nike "swish" symbol. The caption also says "made by slaves of poverty", being the people forcefully working in factories. "For slaves of fashion" is referring to the people that wear Nike shoes. They are referred to as slaves too, but in a different sense. The people are slaves of fashion, because they see all of the different fashion statements and advertisements, making them "crave" to wear Nike shoes.

Industrialization in Vietnam Today






Overworked, Suffering, Enslaved, Threatened, and Mistreated Workers in Vietnam

"77 percent of the employees" in a Vietnamese Nike Plant were found suffering " from respiratory problems" (Greenhouse, Steven. "Nike Shoe Plant in Vietnam Is Called Unsafe for Workers." New York Times 8 Nov. 1997: n. pag. Print.). These workers were not protected while working in the plant. They were not aided after becoming ill either. In the same plant, many workers were found being "forced to work 65 hours a week, far more than Vietnamese law allows, for $10 a week", showing that this Vietnamese plant was overworking its employees (Greenhouse, Steven. "Nike Shoe Plant in Vietnam Is Called Unsafe for Workers." New York Times 8 Nov. 1997: n. pag. Print.). This forced labor and terrible payment makes many of the workers feel enslaved.They do not have any rights to speak up for their safety and well being at work. Many of them feel as though they cannot leave, because they wont be able to get money any other way. The workers are being threatened by big corporations. Many of them don't even know when the next time they are payed will be, because of the threats brought up by the Factory Heads. Local legal standards of a working place were exceeded in many of these corporations. Many workers were given hazardous, harmful jobs and were mistreated by their own employers. Many workers feel unsafe in their work place. Some are only staying to please their families and provide them with money.

Future for Vietnemese Labor

Trying to get these bad labor standards out to the public usually isn't very easy, but a corporation named Better Work Vietnam is getting the idea of "improving labour standards [out to the public. It] has released a rap song on 'Work Safety' for apparel and footwear manufacturing operators" such as Nike and Levis ("Better Work and Levis develop song on 'work safety'." Apparel Online 22 Nov. 2014. General OneFile. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.). Many sweatshops and forced labor factories are being released by the press and the public. Many of the workers are beginning to stand up as well. Vietnamese workers from a factory in China were seen revolting. "Thousands of Vietnamese workers rampaged over China’s latest efforts to control the South China Sea, this time off Vietnam’s coast", causing conflict in the factories and between China and Vietnam (Buckley, Chris. "China Targeted by Vietnamese in Fiery Riots." New York Times [New York] 14 May 2014: n. pag. Print.). I believe that in the future many more factories will be exposed for mistreating workers, and hopefully that will cause factory owners to improve there working conditions and payments.