LTLFTcomposite wrote:Is it any wonder just about everyone has moved manufacturing to China.
Yes, saves them the cost of paper they don't need to have their employees sign - they just fire them and/or have them arrested/beaten up without all the hassle, and no need to worry about safety, 8 hour days/forty hour weeks with overtime pay for anything beyond that, limited mandatory overtime, having to allow for and pay vacations, holidays, sick leave, health care, disability insurance or any other of those pesky quality-of-life issues. Why, the west simply hasn't been able to compete ever since mine owners could no longer employ children as young as five, 10 or more hours a day. Oh, the decadence . . .
Note, the above was in the U.S. in the 20th century, not the U.K. 100 years previously, when even younger children worked longer hours in worse conditions: https://museum.wales/2191/
Then there was the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, which killed 146: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire
In addition to China, among others Bangladesh has managed to keep garment factory safety standards at a more reasonable, century-old level, and it's no wonder that Walmart has moved much of their production to such countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Dhaka_fire
even if the confirmed death toll was only 117 - I'm sure they can manage to beat our record if they try a little harder.