Hugh Robjohns wrote:It's not a clever position to be in strategically, but the continual myopic consumer drive for 'cheaper' has played it that way...
It’s a sensitive and very serious issue, consumers (ugh) just want cheap, morals about workers and human rights don’t come into it, the Chinese have capitalised on greed, haven’t they done well! They copied our system and did it better! That rings a bell.
And now, we’re starting to get a bit uneasy about it, oh dear, but how about paying a bit more for "stuff" paying a fair price, and maybe god forbid, having less choice, but better, higher quality products produced by people who aren’t horrendously exploited.
Cheap labour forces wages down, across the board, demand for cheap products push manufactures to the limit, cutting corners and employing labour in countries that have appalling human rights records, it’s our own fault, and by doing this we are fuelling a fire that will have dire consequences for the future.