Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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From an article in the Wall Street Journal on Honduras Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez:
Cardinal Rodríguez sees the rule of law as an important link to development. "The key is to assure justice," he says, "because if you don't have legal security, you are not going to invest. Investment is very important. With investments there are more jobs for our people."

Speaking of investors, the cardinal says, "of course they are not all saints," and human rights must be protected. "But what should we do without those jobs?" he asks. Then he adds, "Maquilas [assembly plants] are especially important for women, because their jobs have been a source of dignity. When they earn their own money they are no longer slaves to the macho man in their lives, who often is not even their husband."
From a press release for a new book from Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR):
“Gabriela Saavedra worked seven days a week in a Korean-owned sweatshop in Honduras. Her days typically began at 7 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. … Employees were given an ultimatum: either they worked mandatory overtime or they lost their jobs. Some days Gabriela had gone without sleep because she had been forced to work until 5 a.m. She had little time to eat or go to the bathroom.”

2 comments:

phoenixwoman said...

I like the implication of his statement that most investors are saints. I can see the Catholic church beatifications in future years, beginning with St. Rupert of Murdoch....

He also doesn't mention the abortions forced on women who work at the maquilas:

However, most women working in maquiladoras are subject to tight and direct control of their fertility. Many are obligated to take birth control at the factory, and if they do become pregnant are faced with the choice between keeping their baby or keeping their job. In some extreme cases, as informants have recounted and one doctor who has worked in these maquiladoras himself informed me, abortions are performed in clinics inside the factories.

These investors are veritable saints... for those who worship Money.

--Charles

John (Juan) Donaghy said...

Here are some real saints - US students who made Russell Athletics reopen the Honduran plant it closed because of unionizing and made them agree to be open to unionizing in other plants. Thanks, students!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/business/18labor.html?_r=1&ref=business