Are cheap goods worth the price of cheap labour?
The Mail on Sunday in the UK ran an article claiming that the Chinese workers who make Apple's iPods work in "slave" conditions. The article alleged that workers received as little as £27 a month, doing 15-hour shifts making the iconic mp3 player.
Even if the claims are true, Apple surely isn't the only company in the world using low-cost labour. Our question: Would you pay more if you knew that the goods you bought were being made by workers treated well and paid a fair wage for their country? Or do you feel so stretched financially that you look for the lowest cost goods? We've already put up a debate on our sister site, BBCNews.com. Click over there to read some of the comments.
But we've had a suggestion already for Thursday from one of our avid bloggers, Tom Ellis. Read on.
A few weeks ago, we talked about Amnesty International's digital rights campaign Irrepressible.info. Tom, a blogger and footie fan, sent us this suggestion:
I saw on the World Have your say blog that you are talking about the 'Dark side of the World Cup'. Today i saw that Amnesty international have launched a new website to highlight a different type of statistics on each of the 32 countires participating in the world cup. It focuses on their campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
This could be do to some charities which have suggested that the World Cup increases the chances of people taking their aggression our on their partners.
Thought that you might be interested.
He's written a post on his own blog, Politics through the eyes of a teenager. Thanks Tom.