(USNewsBreak.com) – Decades ago, child labor and unfair labor systems were considered somewhat common within the US and other industrialized nations. Due to increased awareness and longstanding agreements, most countries no longer employ such practices. Instead, they maintain fair and safe workforces that actively support worker’s rights.
Unfortunately, “most” doesn’t quite equal “all.” In China, child labor, human rights violations, and workplace safety issues are all too alive and well — and efforts to hold the nation responsible have been incredibly slow.
On June 24, 2021, the Biden Administration made the decision to take a stance, issuing a number of bans on goods coming from Chinese companies known to use unfair labor practices. Their main focus is on the Xinjiang region, where the government stands accused of horrific abuse towards the Uyghur ethnic minority and child workers.
White House restricts goods, blacklists companies in crackdown over Xinjiang https://t.co/HxddohHqzR
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 24, 2021
Bans will affect the importation of solar panels, seafood, cotton, and a long list of industrial components produced by several well-known corporate offenders. Specifically, the White House mentioned Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd., Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals, Xinjiang Daqo New Energy, XPCC, and Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Technology.
The Biden Administration is calling for transparency within Xinjiang’s supply chains. Additionally, they want the region to work towards forcing compliance with international fair trade rules. The President also seeks to decrease unfair competition created by using devious labor practices, such as child labor, for the sole purpose of reducing costs.
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