Government Intervention in International Trade
Many developing countries lack the needed authority to implement stringent laws on unfair labor practices, and even if they do, authorities often abuse their power. The poor in these nations view the enforcement of labor laws as a trade barrier. While to a westerner this may seem peculiar, as we see fair treatment of the person next to us an inherent right; this is not always the case the world over. By shutting down a plant in China due to unfair labor practices, hundreds of poverty stricken Chinese workers may be unemployed. Is this fair to the workers? It's a catch-22, while on one hand it forces governments to rethink their stance on labor issues; it also hurts the economy and puts people out of work. While I think certain people view not doing something right now as negligent, from history we see that as a country's economic levels increase so does the standard of living per person. Personally, if I was a manager or CEO of a company I would have a hard time locating in an area where inhumanities go on, but I haven't been able to decide to what extent it is acceptable; and I probably won't know until I am put in that situation. However, to attempt to push offending nations of labor rights to adopt new practices, it needs to be exposed. The more international pressure that is put on these issues, particularly through Western News Outlets, the more likely offending nations will adopt stricter policies to protect workers.