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I wouldn't call that massive, in-depth, personal experience "talking points". That was a well-researched story.
Oh gad. Staying away from this thread.No matter what economic system you choose, you're going to have those that abuse it. Rather than focusing on the corporations at the top, try thinking about how the system we have benefits the many, many small to midsized businesses that account for a much, much larger part of the economy as a whole....or just stick to the talking points of the internet. That's cool too.
Even if that's the case, they know now that there are multiple news reports of these conditions. This is just like the Apple/Foxconn controversy. Amazon is hardly the only company involved, but they drive a great deal of the demand and make a great deal of money from the practices.
Small firms:• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.• Employ about half of all private sector employees.• Pay 43 percent of total U.S. private payroll.• Have generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.• Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.• Hire 43 percent of high tech workers (scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others).• Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.• Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY 2008.• Produce 16.5 times more
Does it, though? You can make the argument that your pickers are worth more than your manager to your success, and that they do a harder job. You can certainly still pay the manager a bit more, but that gap can be lowered to appreciate and provide for your hardest physical workers.
So the standard two options in a situation like this is A) hire more pickers/workers/wage slaves, or B) pay the existing ones more. Would any wage justify the same "work impossibly hard until you're done" mentality? Would everybody be equally all right with paying an extra 60 people the standard crap wage if it made everybody's jobs just a tiny bit easier? Say you're the business owner: which way would you go?
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