Sweatshops; yes, we still buy from them; quite often due to a limited supply of certain goods. When we devalue others’ labour, we devalue ours too! Don’t believe me? For the most part, do you receive annual pay rises of any real significance; in terms of purchasing power; you know, based on something like CPI? The cost of goods and services are on the rise yet our wages … not so much!
So, our ‘pay rises’ are in fact pay decreases in real and practical terms, in that our purchasing power is on the decline. No, we don’t have it so bad here in the west; we generally have enough money for food, and shelter.