Do Chinese workers have basic human rights that are different from those of American workers?Do Chinese workers have basic human rights that are different from those of American workers?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Are you asking if Chinese workers should have the same human rights as American workers or are you asking if they are given the same rights American workers are?

If you are asking what they should have, that's a hard question to answer.  Some people say that all people should have the same human rights.  Others argue for cultural relativism.  They say that the idea of "human rights" is a cultural construct and so people in different societies should have different rights.  So if that's the question, the answer is that it depends on who you ask.

If you are asking about actual rights, Chinese workers have fewer rights than American workers.  Most notably, there is much less in the way of worker protection in China than there is in the US.  There are, for example, many fatal accidents in Chinese coal mines as compared to American coal mines.  In general, American workers enjoy much more in the way of worker protection laws and have more rights to such things as collective bargaining.  So if this is the question, the answer is that Chinese workers have fewer rights than American workers.

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Chinese works do not have the same rights as American workers. In China the labor workers are exploited and work hard the only a couple of dollars. Sometimes if people work a factory job they have to neglect schooling in order to bring in an income for their family. You can see that many American company's where they outsource their jobs to countries like China and India. They go to place where the workers will not sue, complain, and work for little. Why? because not only does the government allow it but the Chinese people are dedicated to working hard for their families.

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