Fast Boat to China: High-Tech Outsourcing and the Consequences of Free Trade: Lessons from Shanghai Paperback – Jun 12 2007
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“Highly readable. . . . With his clear ideas about fair trade and internationalized labor rights, [Ross] lays out concrete alternatives to the common wisdom that globalization is unstoppable.”
—Time Out New York
“A fresh look at exactly what we should be making of . . . the increasing number of U.S. and European companies that are relocating their factories and work force in China.”
—The Asian Review of Books
“A skeptical take on pro-China boosterism, gained through the same participant-observer techniques the author brought to his Celebration Chronicles.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
“Engaging. . . . A compelling ground-level perspective.”
—The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
About the Author
Andrew Ross is Professor of American Studies at New York University. He is the author of seven books, including No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney's New Town and Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor. He has also edited six books, including No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade, and the Rights of Garment Workers, and, most recently, Anti-Americanism.See all Product Description
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An appalling example is of how a U.S. company that set up shop in Taiwan terminated the employment of a large number of employees that had been with the company for almost 25 years. The termination was to release the company of its obligation to provide the employees with a retirement pension, which was legally required by Taiwanese law if a worker was employed with the company for 25 or more years. The point here is the treachery of such companies. In comparison, when employees leave a company because they are aware that they are about to be fired for such a reason, the companies that were about to fire them will legally prosecute the employees that are looking for a new or better employer. The legal persecution arises from the past employees taking knowledge with them to a competitor. It isn't a fair, two way street! There is a growing lack of loyalty on the parts of the employee and employer. It is hard for me to take a side rationally in an informed way, but I am biased for the wage earner over the corporation when I hear of such sociopathic behaviour from a company.
It has been a number of months since I read the book from the library so I can not review it to provide a summary. But what has stayed with me is my opinion that the jobs flow will not stop. Nationalism and "Buy Local" is not a solution. I think wage earners around the world need to form "grass roots" organizations with which to pressure governments and multinational corporations to provide civilized behaviour out of those corporations and a chance for the The Bottom Billion to catch up via *fair* trade agreements. Not until we all do our part to help get labour conditions and wages improved in developing and undeveloped countries will we see economic conditions stop deteriorating in many other developed countries.
Please, no comments on my opinions. I only hope you have an impression on what an individual may take from reading this engrossing, and enlightening book.
The book speculates on the implications of outsourcing jobs to Shanghai, and further west to Suzhou and Chongqing, not only to the Chinese themselves, but also for Indians and Taiwanese. While Ross does not dispute that outsourcing may help line the pockets for expatriate managers and CEO's of multinational companies, he scrutinizes the job insecurity and identity crises that outsourcing seems to bring to workers in a globalizing China.