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there is not immediate workforce to recruit (Jeschke, 2007). Ethical issues around this phenomenon are manifold. To start with, migrant labor often results in questionable social phenomena, such as drug abuse or prostitution, and has put corporations in a position to provide a host of social infrastructure, such as housing, transport, healthcare, or education, in place. As migrant workers often come from poor countries, a crucial issue is that they are often willing to accept working conditions and salary
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levels that would normally be considered unacceptable. A key issue, however, is that these workers often enter countries illegally. To employ migrant workers then in many places is against the law, however much businesses or even whole sectors may rely on such a pool of workers. In particular, the fact that, for instance the US and the EU from time to time grant legal residency to these workers if they can prove that they are employed and pay taxed, puts companies in a grey zone: while it is illegal to employ these workers, the very fact that businesses employ them provides the basis for them to become legal residents. Thus, the contradictions and ambiguities concerning immigration policies on the political level reflect directly on corporations and confront them with a host of ethical issues. The US- based apparel company American Apparel has taken a particularly interesting approach here. Having eschewed the more common approach of outsourcing its production and stitching to overseas contractors, the company focuses production in-house in its downtown LA facilities, where it makes extensive use of the city’s pool of largely Hispanic migrant labor. Notable, the company offers it s workforce generous working conditions, including decent wages, healthcare, subsidized lunches, English language classes, and employment security, that stand in stark contrast to conditions in most overseas contractors. Perhaps most unusual though is the company’s active engagement in promoting progressive immigration reform in the US with its ‘Legalize LA’ campaign. Module 10 Discussion Topic Read “Module and Discussions_Guideline” posted under “Discussion Guide” Discussion questions: Two weeks ago, we discussed a situation of a Thai manufacturer. This week, read an article that captures the broader picture of the third world labor (article link is at the very bottom) and discuss the following. 1. the complexity of the problems and how different stakeholders are involved 2. how the situation can be improved given the complexity of the issue. You can discuss the current measures in place or suggest your own ideas In your discussion, discuss company cases to support your argument. DO NOT repeat the information already discussed in the previous posts. Read others’ posts, learn from it, do your own research, and add to the discussion. Any repeated information will not be counted toward the discussion points.

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