Third World Labour Conditions

Improper Working Conditions & Restrictions


Generally speaking, the westernized countries have many different opportunities within the the work force. One could become a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, pretty much anything we want because we have the opportunity do so. Even though we dread our 9 to 5 jobs or our part time at McDonalds, if we were put into the position of workers in developing countries around the world, we would pray for mundane 9 to 5.


In many developing or semi developed countries, the practice of sweat shops are still in use widely across those countries. The housing in which these 'employees' work in are almost indefinitely crowded with numerous people and machinery, which in itself is a fire hazard. There is also the lack of protective wear for the workers resulting in countless accidents of which 47% of these accidents prove to be fatal as there are no medical supplies given to them. Not only is this an unethical practice but this is also dangerous to many, many human lives.
Sweatshops, a global issue


The worst labour conditions and the most well known labour conditions are those of sweat shops. The video above shows how many large companies like Nike are also involved in the sweat shop business despite their 'Live Well' mentality. Not only is NIke involved in this business but other big names like Adidas, Footlocker, and other big name retailers. The irony in this situation is the fact that these companies will promote a healthy life style with products that probably stole someone life.


A large part of this problem is the globalization of many countries. This creates a supply and demand situation across the world where countries would employ desperate people on minimum wage for companies like Nike. This creates a vicious cycle in which the consumers will grow exponentially and so will the producers to meet the demands of these customers. Incidentally, globalization has contributed more to the problem than any other factor in the world. Not only was it globalization but also the support from transnational corporations that have spread across the world bringing the western culture to developing countries.