3. Sun, T. D. (2019, December 16). 10 killed as fan factory catches fire in Gazipur. Retrieved December 27, 2019, from - sun.com/printversion/details/446883/10-killed-as-fan-factory-catches-fire-in-Gazipur . Appendix Philosophy 401 Questionnaire- Respondent 1 1. Despite knowing that the factories are gravely unsafe, why do you think the workers agree to work in such dire conditions? The same reason almost anyone takes a job-it is the best source of income they could obtain given the circumstance. Circumstance being their poor socio-economic background and lack of 4
proper education. However, as they need to fulfill their duty to their family by earning, the workers are left with no other choice but to work in these poor conditions. 2. It is appropriate to blame the factory owners for the accidents when they are getting the necessary permits, albeit through questionable measures, and the authorities are turning a blind eye? Definitely. Every cog in the machine that leads to mishaps share the blame. The factory owners are just as much to blame as the corrupt admiration which provides the permits without proper verification and the authorities for turning a blind eye. 3. Do you believe that the owners should feel responsible for what happens to their employees inside the factory premises? Most certainly. The factory owners must feel accountable for what happens to their employees inside the factory premises. They shouldn’t feel shy of being proud when their workers enjoy great working conditions and they most certainly shouldn’t shy away from feeling responsible when their workers end up as casualties of negligence. 4. Do you think that the owners are treating the workers as they, themselves, would like to be treated? Absolutely not. If nothing else, I think the factory owners would like basic workplace safety if they were in their workers’ shoes. Not to mention, some respect and dignity. 5. Given that these factories are vital organs of the economy, and attaining comparative advantage is only possible if the status quo is maintained, do you believe the labourers’ lives are being sacrificed for the greater good? Is it justified? I believe that the homosexuals are to be blamed for every cataclysm that has befallen humanity. A systematic extermination of the homosexuals is the only justified mass liquidation. Attaining an economic goal before a certain deadline is in no way a greater good if it is obtained at the cost of dead laborers. The price of workers’ safety shouldn’t be the price of progress. Therefore, I don’t think that compromising the safety of poor workers is justified in any way. 5
6. If you were an unbiased spectator under a veil, do you think that the current situation should remain unchanged? If not, what improvements should be made? I certainly hope that the current situation changes and while there is a long list of things I wish I could change to make the lives of the poor better, I think starting with the ability to empathize with others would be a very good start. Through that, the ones in charge will be able to better understand and cater to the needs of the workers.
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