There is blood on our hands again

(From the song 'Blood on our Hands' by Death From Above 1979).

What I'm clumsily trying to say is that here's a blog what I made whilst I should've been doing something better and that if you're reading it then you should be doing something better too. Also, the fact that you and I have the time and resources to respectively make and read this gumpf is why the World is so screwed.

24 June 2005

International system of minimum wages.

If poverty in the developing world is to be effectively tackled then an international minimum wage is a necessity.

It is the right of any company or organisation to move labour to any country it desires and to do so within marketplace conditions. Also, that the developing countries that these companies move to often have little marketable resources other than cheap labour and to rob them of this resource would make their situation worse not better.

However, it is often the case that the host countries will impose severe restrictions on it's people's civil liberties in order to benefit from the new source of revenue. The governments in these countries are quite often corrupt and inefficient who do not consult it's people on such decisions as in more developed and liberal countries. Anti-union activities, poor working conditions, long working hours, terrible job security and starvation wages are all problems.

The out-sourcing of labour to poorer countries also leaves unemployment at higher levels in those developed countries that pay decent living wages. The organisations that can afford to move production or other services to another country (often over great distance) can also afford to pay slightly better wages to it’s workers. These wages will still be cheaper than those paid to workers in the developed world and so the benefits of moving will still be apparent.

If a system of minimum wages based on an individual country's basic cost of living could be enacted then the cost would be minimised and the developing countries would still have their advantage of cheaper labour. These levels could be determined by a new organisation within the United Nations that would monitor changes in the global marketplace and the cost of living within individual countries.

This would help make the global labour marketplace more free and fair by denying individual countries the ability to unduly interfere by purposely making labour conditions worse to attract new business. It may also lessen the overall amount of aid that is needed by the people of the developing world.

[It might never happen in the real world but at least I can suggest it here and for my country in Nation States]


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