MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

July 6, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Don’t buy things made by suffering workers

The United States recent actions in cutting off long-term trade benefits for Bangladesh may not make drastic changes in their worker safety practices. It will, however, let the rest of the world know our government is making an effort to get changes made and may influence other countries to do the same.

Sheikh Rokon, Bangladesh journalist and researcher on exchange to the University of Oklahoma, states unless factory owners in his country improve working conditions, lives will continue to be at risk. Every effort needs to be made worldwide to get worker conditions changed.

Not only should we be pressing our government officials to get changes made in Bangladesh, we need to be looking worldwide at other countries that have atrocious working conditions and use child labor for unbelievable long hours of work. Similar conditions have also been recently reported in China and India.

We should not be buying cheap products made by workers suffering and even dying in making these products. Improving working conditions in foreign countries is the humane goal. In addition, additional costs of making these products overseas will also allow more competition by companies in our country.

EDWARD V. HARRIS

Hugo

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks