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  •  Cool! Bangla Deshis to be starved, NOT crushed! (3+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, nextstep, agent

    I sure feel better now; think I'll go make a sandwich to celebrate.

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    by Clem Yeobright on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:03:49 AM PDT

    •  Well, it's the miracle of the market (1+ / 0-)
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      Disney stuff has such a huge premium at retail than they can afford to leave the lowest-wage countries.  They could produce their stuff in Finland and still make serious money without raising prices, such is the premium for having their proprietary marks on the clothing.

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      by Rich in PA on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:10:12 AM PDT

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      •  I doubt Disney (0+ / 0-)

        gives a good fig. When the publicity dies down they'll still be doing business anywhere they can grab a buck.

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        by brook on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:46:32 PM PDT

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    •  They will consider coming back (5+ / 0-)

      if safety is improved:

      The Disney official said the company would consider permitting its licensees to again produce in Bangladesh and Pakistan if those countries get the Better Work program to help their factories.
      This actually could help in the long run.

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      by TomP on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:13:33 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, dangling that carrot might help. (1+ / 0-)
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        As mentioned by others, the system is so broken, that one decision will not fix 30 years of bad choices, but it could help.

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        by mungley on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:37:20 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe... but in the short run a lot of poor people (0+ / 0-)

        will be poorer.

        I have visited garment factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan and I have driven through the slums that the workers live in and the worse slums that people who do not have regular jobs live in.

        There is absolutely no question that the poor people of these countries desperately need jobs - almost any jobs.  

        With some labor groups urging Western companies to stay and fix problems rather than leave, Disney said in its letter to licensees that it would pursue “a responsible transition that mitigates the impact to affected workers and business.”
        And how is that going to work?  Are they going to provide the workers thrown out of their jobs with income supports as an ongoing corporate charity program?  If not, then what other way could it possible mitigate the impact to these people and their families?
    •  Well, let's see . . . minimum wage there is $37/mo (0+ / 0-)

      So, multiply by 12, and you end up with $444.

      Divide that by 365, and you end up with $1.21/day.  Yeah, I'm sure those sweatshop jobs in collapsing buildings are worth every dollar, er, dime, er, penny.

      'Cause gosh, if garment workers in Bangladesh were forced to get by on $1.20 per day, that would just be straight-up inhumane, I tells ya!

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