FASHIONABLE wristbands worn by pop stars, actors, top athletes and celebrities to publicise the Make Poverty History campaign are produced in appalling "slave labour" conditions, damning evidence has revealed.The conditions at the Chinese factory don't sound too good, although when I read this complaint:
the company uses "forced labour" by accepting "financial deposits" from new workersI couldn't help thinking of our own closed-shop rules that the same wristband-wearing economic illiterates invariably supported.
The point of course is that is entirely possible that the guilt-ridden charities will now have increased poverty in China by switching their purchases to other firms. Workers in poor countries become wealthier by undercutting western competitors until they have moved up the value chain. I wonder anyone from these charities has actually asked any Chinese worker if they prefer to no longer be "exploited" but unemployed.