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October 26, 2004
As kind of my belated comparision write up, (hey doing work? that'd be a NEW idea)
Basically i found it interesting comparing the labour relations and rights in the developed and developing world….
Despite the huge difference between wages and actual rights, it seems the Americans are more militant, i guess not because they the South-east Asians feel they are getting a good deal, just they have no legal form of settling disputes and are more dependent on the meagre rates of pay they get than the Americans who at least have some form of welfare system and recourse should they be unfairly dismissed. The article also highlights the abuse of workers rights both set of workers suffer…
Its interesting how the issue of outsourcing has become a significant issue in the race for the American presidency, many americans evidently feel it is threatening their job security.
Anyway as a side note…. RIP John Peel. Always a legend, will be missed.
October 18, 2004
Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1329728,00.html
Oh this is the funniest thing i've read all day….
Guardian got a whole load of people to write to people in Ohio telling them not to vote for Bush and these are some of their responses…
I dont laugh at Americans, i laugh at ignorance and people that dont get the joke!... although a couple of the replies are quite witty
anyway got the Hurt Process album today… hey its pretty good, but for a 10 track album, Using 4 tracks they released on their EP was a little tight!
October 17, 2004
Writing about web page http://www.sweatshopwatch.org/swatch/campaigns/bendavis.html
This article, although a little old, is typical of the practices associated with clothing labels… forcing workers to accept lower levels of benefits and lower wages with threats to move production abroad. Using the excuse of job insecurity to reduce costs is just sick. The human cost of this on the workers is of course immeasurable and unrecorded. While there is an economic benefit to outsourcing jobs, in that costs can be cut making a firm more competitive. I don't think that brands can argue they need to cut costs to remain competitive; they're not cutting prices and with the mark up they place on their goods it simply increases profit margins! And anyway, whilst there is an initial benefit of outsourcing, in essence a reduction in the level of fixed costs, in the long run the benefits of the lower sunk costs become negligible and unless there has been a significant shift in the variable cost curve the problems of information transfer and administration can outweigh the benefits of moving production.
in a minor other point…
link Is yet another article about Zimbabwe's shattered economy and its effects. The explusion of non- Zimbabwean industry and confiscation of farms has caused the economy to crash horrifically.