Modern Slavery

Vanina Delobelle

Modern Slavery
I am going to take the drawbacks of the previous article I wrote and which was called Est-ce normal qu’un dirigeant de PME ne gagne pas plus que le SMIC ?

Between having high social charges and not getting results from one’s investment and becoming a slaver, there might be a difference ! The problem is that some people do not have any hindrance and just fall on the other side.

Modern slavery exists...even in Prague. There are some big manufacturing companies that have closed some of their factories in Canada for example or elsewhere and who are growing the one they have in Czech Republic. There, they have workers who are paid 200€/month and work like crazy. They live far away in a dormitory town where they share a single room with 3 or 4 other persons. The company brings them by bus early in the morning and return them back late in the night. And they work and work. But how can we really live with 200€? This is incredible when you think that in France there are some people who, without working, earn 400€ and even with this amount cannot afford their living.

How companies can accept such situations? How can a manager sleeps well knowing this? This is just modern slavery and it does exist. We must not accept this. Even if everybody agrees that some countries are exagerating in term of companies charges, we must not go to the extrem. Alcatel is closing currently some units in France...and guess what? They will for sure open or increase others in other countries where workforce is cheaper. How can we accept such differences within Europe? Aren’t we supposed to be one single country? Just be aware that modern slavery does exist not far from your frontiers !

Commentaires (5)
1. Mini-News le 10/03/2007 21:40
Don't ask me what I think about the slavery if average salary in my Ukraine is MUCH LOWER than $200.
2. Gonca Telli Yamamoto le 09/02/2009 19:02
I think in the ancient times it was easier to live than today for the slaves. Because they did not concern any meal or accomodation. Of course the living conditions were not very succesful but it was in between just for living. Therefore I think today there is also slavery but this time it is more voluntarily from a person not with a pressure. Or if we think about the pressure or enforcement it comes fron the human him/herself mostly not from the outside.
3. Vanina Delobelle le 09/02/2009 20:27
Well I think it does come from the person themselves. Not everybody can be always decide about not being "slave":
  • Lake of education so less job opportunities
  • language barriere
  • Immediate need...some need to find revenues rapidly to feed their family and they prefer this than being on the street...they think of better days

We can think that nowadays everybody is free but in reality it is not just because lots of elements are taken into account and some, aware of these weaknesses, use them...
4. Gonca Telli Yamamoto le 10/02/2009 07:05
I think this is a problem. Understanding the person's real situation in this world. The people who prefers to be a slave of consuming . This is also pressuring from the society.
Alain de Botton's book "The Pleasures and Sorrows of work" is also recommended to read.

Gonca Telli Yamamoto
5. Rida le 02/04/2010 22:44
well,in my country the salary is very very lower than youo think,well there are some they are paid by 5euro by day,what a calamity whereever you go,there are many hinders that makes from our civilisation rubish
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