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We are the world

19 October 2010

Jason Dormady  (who hails from a western mining family) takes these things personally:

Globalized corporations have the power to reach across oceans and bring together markets and maximize profits, but they also tie together labor in a way the labor (outside of the internationals) has no idea about. Miners in Butte – especially in the increasingly conservative unions – had little understanding of how they fueled an empire that reached into the heart of South America and squeezed out the life blood of labor there with brutal practices. Workers in Chile had little understanding that their nationalization would create a spiral in prices and stocks that would pull the legs out from underneath a poor, extractive area on the other side of the globe. And of course, you can be sure that the owners in the middle weren’t flipping burgers at Mickey D’s when the smoke cleared.

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  1. 19 October 2010 2:55 pm

    Yes, during the rescue of the Chilean miners we heard a lot about how such a situation “could not occur in the USA or Canada” because there must be more than one shaft and so on… The same owners have mining interests based in the developing world and they do not provide anywhere near the same safety measures, pay or any other benefits to their offshore employees. It is shameful.

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