Saturday, February 20

Occupational Safety and Health in China

...after a while, with too many fines being docked off their salaries, workers began to leave the factory in droves to work at other factories where stringent health and safety requirements were not in place. So the factory gave up the scheme.

Oddly enough, it's not only factory bosses who don't care much for worker safety. It appears that workers themselves don't care much for their own protection either. Unlike in the West, where things have almost gone to the other extreme, there is no health and safety culture among folk in China. The only way health and safety standards can be improved in Chinese factories is for tougher laws to be introduced and for stricter enforcement of existing health and safety legislation.
If workers don't want a safe and healthful workplace, is it right for us to force it on them?

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