Ethical issues of child labor in fireworks industry

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I. Ethical issues of child labor in fireworks industry Much of the fireworks industry in China involves illegal child labor and, in 2001, the Chinese government blamed a horrific explosion which killed at least 41 children on the imaginary attack of a "madman". It was only after villagers pressed the government to acknowledge that local school officials had been forcing students to produce fireworks illegally to pay for their tuition that the government changed their story. Accidents had largely been ignored by the Chinese government or blamed on other circumstances, but since a further series of explosions plagued fireworks factories in the summer of 2003, (Becker, 2011) these safety issues have not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. Since then the Chinese fireworks industry has been the subject of intense scrutiny and the China Labor Bulletin has now set forth several excellent recommendations to help push the Chinese Fireworks industry toward creating a safer work environment, but there is a long way to go with much of the industry going underground to avoid complying with the new laws. II. II. Ethical issues of safety standards in fireworks industry "The People’s Republic of China is the world’s biggest producer of fireworks. Firework factories are often small and locally owned, employing young people and often outsourcing production to small workshops in closely packed residential areas. Firework production is frequently organized around village-level enterprises that subcontract assembly work to local village residents who work at home." The Chinese Fireworks industry has been the subject of intense
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Scrutiny since a series of explosions plagued fireworks factories in the summer of 2003. Previously, accidents had been largely ignored by the Chinese government or blamed on other circumstances. These safety issues have not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world, however. The fact that much of the fireworks industry involves illegal child labor has also elicited anger.
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This note was uploaded on 08/12/2011 for the course BIS 345 taught by Professor Roger during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Ft. Washington.

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