I am just watching a report on Amazon.de who recently got rumbled for employing very dodgy (poss Nazi) security personnel who harrassed their staff... who turn out to mainly be sub contracted at shocking rates, often recruited from Rumania and Spain etc, shipped in to live in very basic conditions and basically exploited.
Is this the way we are all going? I'm all right, I'll buy what I want as cheap as possible and sod the rest of them. I'll buy bikes from China because they are cheap and who cares about the conditions, I'll happily ignore the state of the economy and how it affects those near to me by going for the cheapest. I'll then wonder why unemployment goes up and crime etc, and grumble, but hey at least I got a DVD for 10% less....
OK this may be simplistic and perhaps if you have no job and are from Greece, you jump at the chance, perhaps the Taiwan bike industry really is full of competant, happy workers, but at the end of the day, are we all being short sighted?
(I don't think I will buy from Amazon again by the way).