International

Cheap American labor

Harold Meyerson has a revealing column in The Washington Post about European multinational companies which treat their European workers with respect but take a markedly different approach to their US human resources.

He cites the examples of the Swedish-based H&M clothing chain and the Danish security company Group 4 Falck. In both cases, the companies treat their American employees in ways that wouldn’t be tolerated in Europe.

Why? Because they can.

…When European employers look to the United States, they see roughly the same thing that U.S. employers see when they look to China: millions of low-wage workers who have all but lost the right to organize and a government intent on keeping things just the way they are.

The erosion of worker power and the growth of employer supremacy here have transformed the bottom half of the U.S. workforce into a vast exploitable mass worthy of a colonial backwater.

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