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Globalization Defense Paper


Professor Caruso
Brittani Lee
UWRT 1102

I have recently had the opportunity to delve into globalization and its
fairness, or the lack- there- of. During my inquiry, I questioned whether
globalization was fair for all parties involved. To my surprise globalization,
which is the fair trading of goods between countries was not so fair after
all. It is mostly not fair for less fortunate countries involved in fair trading.
Most goods made for companies in the USA are made at a very low cost in
poor countries and sold at a very high price in the USA. Not only are they
made at low costs, they are made by mostly woman and even children, who
are paid little to nothing and work in unpleasant and unsafe environments.
Even though it is frowned upon for children to work at all, these children in
these poor countries would sometimes not even be able to use the restroom
or have any break of some sort and most upsetting, taken away from any
form of education or chance at a normal childhood. The women are unable
to provide for their families solely from their pay which results in their
children working as well.
While researching, I continued to come across the ILO, otherwise
known as the International Labour Organization. The mission of the ILO

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whom received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts (Rodgers, Gerry) reads
that it is an organization devoted to promoting social justice and
internationally recognized human and labor rights, pursuing its founding
mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace (ILO).
While delving deeper into the ILO and the policies theyve created and the
journals/articles they have written that suggest ways to implement social
justice and fairness in globalization, I became curious as to whom, or what
companies are responsible or have been accused of unjust employment. As I
found out which companies were involved and what foul acts were
committed, I was overcome with sadness, concern, and disappointment,
which led me to my genretized piece.
Most people like those in unison with the ILO and the standards/policies
they have created are often seen protesting for what they believe in.
Protesting is perfect for fighting for ones own rights, or the rights of others.
It can also bring awareness to the uninformed, so I decided to make protest
signs. I made some protest signs that looked as though there was time taken
out to create on official poster board, and I also made signs that I used
cardboard to make. I feel as though there are usually a mixture of the two
during real and raw protests. I used the different styles of protest signs to
represent a diverse crowd of protestors. I created these protest signs to
symbolize my stance on the fairness of globalization, and standing against
the companies who have not treated their employees in less fortunate
countries with social justice and equality.

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The intended audience for the protest signs are those in charge of
running the companies that have been accused of unjust employment. It is
also intended for the uninformed consumer of the products of these
companies. With hopes that the companies will be influenced to make
changes to their fair trading tactics by having their dirty laundry aired
out, and the consumer discontinuing their support in the unfair
companies/employers in exchange of demanding changes for fairness and
equality. The idea is that either way will get changes made and the standards
of worker, their pay and their environment to be raised and to be fair.
My protest signs were created with four different companies that I
researched and found guilty of unfair trade. One sign reads If you buy
clothes here, theres a possibility a child died while making them. This was
created with H&M in mind as it was reported that a Bangladeshi sweatshop
where children reportedly work, caught fire, leaving 21 workers dead.
(Rodgers, Gary) Another sign read, Hey cigarette smokers, its a good thing
your habit is killing you, because children under the age of 10 are killing
themselves making your choice of tobacco products. Thanks, Phillip Morris!
Phillip Morris, a popular cigarette company have been accused of both child
and slave labor farms, employing a reported total of 72 children, and keeping
them in extremely poor working and living conditions. In addition to those
protest signs, there were 2 remaining signs that were equally thought
provoking and with harsh realities aimed at Disney and Wal-Mart who in

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addition to Phillip Morris and H&M fail to meet social and human justice
standards.
The rising standards of living and work areas, the provision of
adequate living wages, regulation of hours worked, and the protection of
children are just a few core concerns stressed by the ILO. Post research, I
strongly agree with the ILO and the actions they note as requirements to
sustain justice and equal human rights, the death of child labor, and
making fair trading(globalization) just thatFAIR.

Work Cited(New)
Lamarque, Hannah. 10 Companies That Still Use Child Labor.
Careeraddict.com, http://www.careeraddict.com/10-companies-that-stilluse-child-labor Oct. 10, 2016.
Rodgers, Gerry, Eddy Lee, Lee Sweptson, and Jasmien Van Daele. The
International Labour Organization and the Quest for Social Justice, 19192009. Ithaca: ILR/Cornell UP, 2009. Digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu. Web. 21
Nov. 2016. http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/books/53/

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@ilo. "Fair Globalization (MULTILATERALS)." Fair Globalization


(MULTILATERALS). N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.
<http://www.ilo.org/integration/themes/sdg/lang--en/index.htm>.