The Reality of Corporate Exploitation


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Jay Park, Web Editor-in-Chief

  Until robots are advanced enough to take over the world, there will always be a need for human labor. And as long there is need for human labor, workers will always, undoubtedly, be taken advantage of.

  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

  America has had a famous history of union protests and rallying for worker rights. It is thanks to this history that we have secured an eight hour workday and safer working standards compared to the unimaginable squalor and work life of the past.

  Yet the penchant of human greed has not changed the slightest bit in the past century and a half. Megacorporations like Uber and Amazon have taken to exploiting their employees by abusing the fact that they can hire them as independent laborers and thus evading worker regulations.

  Uber has been notorious for treating its drivers as contracted employees, intentionally skirting around that they are real company workers who are guaranteed better conditions and pay. This means Uber can freely cut commission and service costs, whilst its part-time workforce takes the brunt of the impact. This is not even counting the maintenance and performing fees that cost drivers themselves such as gas. Uber drivers are not treated like a worker in 21st century should be. They work with no noticeable loyalty benefits or holidays.

  We once hailed the birth of these tech corporations as the dawn of a new, progressive era, but the ugly truth has surfaced. These companies, led by a large inhumane organizations detached from their workforce, are bound to be interested only in enlarging profit. They have taken every single cut they possibly could to minimize paying employees while maximizing efficiency. Uber has taken a big hit thanks to many public condemnations of its poor service and morals. Yet there still remain giants who are so essential to the public and with absolute monopoly, they will still feed on our wallets.

  Horrifying stories and investigations have dug up what Amazon had been trying to hide. We discovered the dehumanization of workers, urinating in bottles to avoid taking a potentially wage-slashing bathroom break. Work injuries are also heavily under-reported, leaving workers in a state of complete neglect. These people are constantly under ridiculous timed pressure to fulfill impossible quotas demanding robotic perfection, all for a pitifully insufficient minimum wage.

  Worst of all, the struggles of these workers are being silenced, muffled by the deep pockets of megacorporations. Unionization attempts from either company’s workers have been eagerly shut down. Amazon has been infamous for firing organizers and discouraging any employee from protesting.

  The public has received this information from the past year and has done nothing to change this reality. The shocking truth is out. These working environments utterly dehumanize and ruin workers. There is no benefit whatsoever from working for these companies besides earning meager pay exploiting people with few alternatives.

  The world is recovering from the technology boom. It has irreversibly transformed our society. With it, there come a new set of rules that our old laws had not anticipated. It is necessary to adapt and ensure rights for our workers as soon as possible. Large businesses have gained tremendous power, and it is our duty to curtail abuse and exploitation.