Using Federal Procurement Policies as a Means to Crack Down on Labor Violations

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The push to erode labor standards, undercut wages, and undermine unions should, therefore, be countered by policymakers pursuing a well-guided economic agenda working together with the major corporate lobbies. What is more worrying is that those legislative laws were supported by major corporate lobbies such as the Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, and National Association of Manufacturers—and by corporate-funded lobbying organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity—in order to draw the clearest possible picture of the legislative and economic policy agenda of the country’s most powerful economic actors. To make the most clear-eyed decisions in charting future policy directions, it is critical to understand how the various parts of these organizations’ agenda fit together, and where they ultimately lead.What necessitated the action is the lack of proper laws in place to curb the activities of irresponsible employers who often win contracts and at the same time they have failed to abide by labor laws. The legislators as mentioned above have been coming up with legislation in the recent past that are retrogressive in nature and seek to strip workers of their decent work environment. The factory management has also failed to play a critical role by not ensuring that the workers are informed of their current working condition and violations that can be meted on them by irresponsible management. They should agree to take actions and the real owners should also ensure that they are accountable. Sometimes the laws and regulations are put in place but there are no time frames that managers are required to stick to and this has to be provided for in the new policy addressing that. Thefactories should be given strict time to ensure that they harmonies employees working conditions and report on that to the ministries or government agencies put in place.