“The human rights violations of workers perfectly illustrate social class differences generated by capitalism, where those who are at the bottom of the social pyramid are subjected to abuse and dehumanization. More often than not the stories of workers’ human rights abuses remain untold, which testifies even more to the marginalization experienced by workers. I guess it is the very silence on the issue that speaks the loudest. Not that long ago, the story of unpaid Zara workers went viral. It was yet another controversy associated with the retailer. Zara clothing that was on sale had hidden notes in it, which discussed unsafe working conditions, unfair working hours and unfair pay. One of the items read, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.””
One of the things I truly hate about the neoliberal capitalist paradigm are huge class differences it creates. Middle class is on its way to becoming practically extinct, as two extremes are noticeable in every society – the very poor and the very rich. The working rights of those who struggle to provide for their basic needs are often abused. To make things worse, they lack the opportunity to raise their voices, eradicate these abuses and improve working conditions. They are prisoners of the systems they are a part of and dehumanization appears to be the only working mode they are used to. Insider Monkey’s article on 11 countries with the worst labor laws, working conditions in the world draws precisely on this issue. By taking into account the data provided by the International Trade Union Confederation, also known as the ITUC, the author ranks 11 countries with the worst labor laws and working conditions in the world. The data concerning years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 are taken into account. Do you think your country has made it to the list? Check out the article and satisfy your curiosity.