ECON Essay 2

Employee working conditions is a moral dilemma that faces businesses within their daily lives. For instance, businessmen have to be aware of the safety of the environment in which their employees work in and that employees are well compensated for their work. However, businessmen have not always provided the right working conditions for their workers.
According to the Wall Street Journal, factory workers in China struggle under harsh conditions even though they are working for big successful companies. According to the article, there are labour dispatch companies in China that sign employment contracts with workers and then send these workers to work in factories. However, these factories have been found to have dangerous working conditions with unfair work times, low pay, high work intensity and failure to pay insurance. The workers have no contracts with the factories and compliance with international standards is not met.
According to the Gospel of Luke, “Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house” Luke 10:7. This means that people should be adequately paid for the work that they do and that they should eat well, drink well and have good shelter for the work they are doing. As much as there are no contracts between the factories and the workers, the factories should adequately pay the workers for the work that they do. The Bible expresses concerns on how employees are treated by recognizing that employees deserve their wages. The Bible also says in Luke 16:15 that “And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God”. This means that the factories cannot justify how they treat the workers with the absence of a contract. Businessmen are resisting to provide the appropriate working conditions in China because this would increase their operating costs. This is however wrong in the sight of God.

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