Work for transnational companies
By Karla Chávez
July 30, 2009
In the last half century many industries and banks from the United States and other Western companies have invested in some poorest countries. Asia, integrated with countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Pakistan, Taiwan, etc, is the world’s largest and most populous continent.Approximately 4 billion people live in Asia, that means about 60% of world’s human population. It’s important to know that countries with huge populations, around 30 to 50% are children under fifteen years of age, that means that those families have a lot of children that probably they can’t provide them with all what they would need, so children necessarily have to work and help their family tosurvive to this difficult life, full of technologies and globalization. Its difficult to say that children don’t have to go to school if they have to work hard every day and have the responsibility to earn money to eat. The humanitarian organization Plan said in a report that nearly half of 1270 million Asian children live in poverty, private of food, water, medical care or a roof under which theycan sleep. The document, entitled 'Growing Up in Asia', states that 600 million Asian children under 18, lacks at least one of these basic needs, while 350 million have no access to two or more of these necessities. This children probably substitute toys, games and all the things that a child could have in childhood, but sometimes they have to face the reality of life, specially in their countryand see that the only way to live is by working. This children learn to live happily despite they work everyday, and finally they have food to eat. Should children in Asia be allowed to work in transnational companies? Chindren in Asia should be allowed to work in transnational companies, because with their work they can help their family’s economy, laws permit them without risks and because theireducation is not enough and good for all the children.
Three reasons exists of why children work in Asian countries: becuase they have to survive, they have to work in the family work that has done for generations and because their families depend on their wages to support their homes and have food to eat. In addition children children can be develop as responsable individuals of a job andwith this they can live a happy childhood. Transnationals companies emloyed children because they are more suitable for certain jobs because of their small height and weight than adults, also transnationals give a good standard of living, social security and better opportunities in life. Many people think that employing children is something that is against their human rights, because they shouldbe in school playing and enjoying their childhood as most children did. But this Asian children don’t have the opportunity to have a good future if they don’t work, and sometimes we found that they know the difficult situation that they preffer to work sometimes in their family tradition work or in companies that give them opportunities. The Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Brune University inLondon, Nicola Ansell (2005) in her book “Children, youth, and development” emphasized that the children expressed themselves in favor of “work with dignity and appropriate hours” (p. 1). It means that many children like to work with all their rights.
Many Asian countries don’t have laws that protect some basic rights that some develop countries have such as home, food and school. In themost poorest countries of Asia education isn’t so important because it means that they have to invest much money is free education to all the poorest families. According to the American reporter for The New York Times, Eric Weiner (1996), "the theologies and ideologies" wrote that in India, "Governments continue with ideas that don’t let them to take the necessary steps to give school for working...