Working conditions in America and in Thailand

Nowadays there are still differences between working conditions in America and Thailand. In America the working conditions are more justiced for the people because of regulations concerning health, working hours and wages. In contrast in Thailand there are regulations but nearly nobody keep to them. As it is shown in the statistics the people working over 50 hours there are about 16.517 in Thailand. In America there are about 14085. Moreover, as shown on the pictures you can see that in Thailand more younger people work. Mostly, they work in one big room without any air conditioning, heating, food/drinks or opportunities for washing. These result in problems of health. Comparing to America most people work under more healthier conditions due to the regulations as well as the people work more in the third and fourth sector.



By Inga and Verena


3 thoughts on “Working conditions in America and in Thailand

  1. Do you find the differences in the working conditions in the USA and Thailand surprising? I don’t…
    First of all, USA may be considered one of the most developed countries in the world with over 200 years of normal democratic development according to the principles of market economy. Thailand in contrast has been ruled by many different military regimes… until very recent history. Secondly, only about 14% of the labour force (the smallest proportion of the three sectors) is occupied in industry in Thailand, at the same time industry counts for more than 45% of the country’s GDP… this tells me that industrial production is far too important for Thailand and the workers’ working conditions probably do not come first in the political agenda and not for the employers as well.
    All in all, my point is that you are comparing two very different countries. This comparison here didn’t give me anything new…

  2. Have you ever wondered where your clothes were made? Well, Gap, Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike clothes are made in developing countries. These multinational garment companies established sweatshops in Third World countries to minimize costs and maximize profits.
    They also abuse the basic human rights among their workers by paying them far below the U.S. minimum wage and forcing them to work in harsh conditions. So, if this is what happens in sweatshops, then why do people still work there?
    For the past 20 years, sweatshops have been exploiting workers, especially women and children. For instance, at the Barbie factory in Bangkok, the workers were required to work 12 hours per day and they got paid only five dollars per day.

    All of the factory workers could support themselves with their wages. However, they had to support their family members and parents as well. The money they received from these sweatshops was not enough.
    At the same time, their health deteriorated from working overtime in hazardous conditions. Most of the workers complained that the working conditions were very bad.

    As time progressed, they would experience nausea, dizziness and suffer from hair and memory loss. They did not have enough time to rest. All of them had infections around their throat and breathing problems. Chronic pains in their hands, necks, and shoulders were common things for these factory workers.

    So they had to find an alternative way to get money, which was to work overtime. They could increase their monthly income by about 50 percent.
    These workers contaminated their blood with lead from the paints and the chemicals from the fabrics for Barbie clothes. This would lead to several cancers such as leukemia, liver and lung cancer, which would result in deaths.
    Because of their families, these workers had no choice but to stay. Where would they be and how would they support their family under poverty?


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