chownah wrote:Do you know about the IWW (International Workers of the World)?
You could also look at List of international labor unions at Wikipedia.
SarathW wrote:Hi Manas
I also had this sort of great ideas when I was young. First I thought that I can liberate people (Poor) by being a politician.
So I became the president of the student union on the university.
Soon I realise that politician will never solve the problems of poor.
Then I thought becoming a business man and help the poor. That also came to a dead end.
Now I think that Buddha’s teaching is the only way to liberate the poor and the rich!
manas wrote:We know that corporations like to set up factories in third world countries where the labour is cheaper, etc. The workers there often are so desperate just to feed their families, that they are willing to put up with unsafe working conditions, and wages we would not accept (as yet). But just as corporations are global, what if unions went global too? What if the workers for a particular corporation joined forces across national boundaries, supporting each other in the battle for equity and a decent wage? How it could work, is that the workers in one country would withhold their labour - ie, go on strike - in support of the workers in another country, until the corporation agreed to at least improve the wages and conditions of the workers in the poorer country. Corporations have gone global, why not unions?
I say this because it has been noted, that as more and more jobs are sent overseas (for the cheaper labour), that ultimately unemployment in our own currently more affluent countries, will increase to the point where we also will become so desperate for any work at all, that we too will begin to accept lower and lower wages and conditions. In the end, the ability of corporations to exploit workers will turn all of us into virtual serfs. This is where corporate rule will ultimately lead. So why not change how we see things? Instead of thinking, "I'm all right, I still have a job, so I won't make waves on behalf of people I don't even know, on the other side of the planet", well we damn well need to make waves. We need to stop seeing workers in poorer countries as 'other' and instead stand together alongside them. This will, in the long run, benefit all of us.
What do people here think?
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