This article is finger pointing at its best. The problem that result from cheap labor and unsafe factories is always someone else’s fault.
The last sentence lays the blame on consumers. They won’t accept higher prices, the finger pointer says.
If that were true housing wouldn’t be as ridiculously over priced as it is.
This is not a case of consumers forcing impoverished Bangladeshis to work in unsafe factories. This is a case of Big Business distancing itself from any responsibility to and for its workers.
If the garment workers aren’t the retailer’s employees, even though the retailers are paying for their work who should and who will look out for the safety and well being of the employees?
People who think Big Business and ‘The Market’ can be left to do the right tjing are deluding themselves.
Nobody really wants bigger governement, but who else is going to take workplace safety seriously?
Not the fingerpointers.
NYTimes: Linking Factories to the Malls, Middleman Pushes Low Costs