As students, you work hard for you grades and your subsequent degree. Now, imagine that someone intentionally stole years of your hard work and sacrifices for their own personal gain. How would you feel, and what would your reaction be?
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write up to 3 paragraphs that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:
Safe work environments, fair wages, abuse of child labor, and unfair treatment of workers are all topics that are unfortunately in the news all too often. Previously, these were problems or issues that were present in the United States. Fortunately, the legal system and regulations, for the most part, have made these issues a thing of the past. However, in many foreign countries, these problems still exist. Societies are bound to repeat their mistakes if they do not learn from the past. Therefore, research the Internet and the library for two countries where workers have experienced human rights violations or violations of labor laws.
Search the Internet and the library, and select at least 2 countries where workers have experienced human rights violations or violations of labor laws.
State your opinion as to the impact of conducting business with these countries and the ramifications of doing so.
What should be the legal and ethical reaction of the business community for these types of violations?
Workers’ Rights Violations
In certain countries, gross violations of workers’ rights are still rife. A recent report by International Trade Union Confederate (ITUC), 2015) highlights the top 10 countries with the worst workers’ rights violation records. Among these countries are Saudi Arabia and Colombia. Workers in these countries experience unique rights violations. In Colombia, workers have to endure poor working conditions and low pay. In addition, workers face death threats or are murdered when trying to agitate for better terms. In Saudi Arabia, the situation is different, with reports of forced labor especially for migrant worker (ITUC, 2015). Migrant workers in Saudi Arabia also face labor law exclusions, which subjects them to many problems.
The impact of conducting business with these countries is that they are likely to continue ignoring the labor law provisions. By conducting business with these countries, individuals who move in these countries are likely to face labor violation practices. For instance, people moving to work in these countries could face labor law exclusions or find themselves in forced labor. The ramification is increased tension between the countries because of reports of gross labor violations of the migrants.
The legal and ethical reaction of the business community is to advocate for fair labor practices. The business community can lobby legislators or the government through rights groups for the proper enforcement of labor laws. What is lacking in these countries is political will to enforce the existing labor laws and ensure fair treatment of workers. Rights interest groups can be able to lobby the respective governments to enforce labor laws.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). (2015). ITUC global rights index names world’s ten worst countries for workers. Retrieved from http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc- global-rights-index-names