Inequality is leading to modern day slavery
How right it is for the Archbishop of Canterbury to speak out about youngsters in Britain being "let down" and blaming the summer riots on "frustration" (West MPs hit out at Archbishop's message – WMN Jan 3). We have to agree with what Dr Rowan Williams has said and more prominent people should speak out. It might not appeal to Westcountry MPs Gary Streeter and Neil Parish to hear these truths but let us examine what has happened since the last riots in our cities in 1981.
Social unrest has been created by salaries and bonuses for bankers, regardless of whether they have made or lost money! Social unrest has been created by excess greed which globally has the effect of increasing slavery – through forced labour and the demands of the west in recession wanting goods and services at lower prices!
There is no incentive for working the normal working life – when under the old rules the top jobs were occupied by people in their 50s – which ensured that the young in business or finance were well-behaved rather than nowadays when those "wealth creators" can have retired by their early 30s with large amounts of money regardless of whether they created anything other than massive debts!
The division between super rich and poor have widened to obscene levels and the bosses of the top 100 companies see their salaries and bonuses increasing even though the companies they control have falling sales and profits and staff with no increases in pay. The public sector was for people who knew they were not going to earn a fortune, but had a secure career ahead. Nowadays National Health Service Trust chief executives, national and local government chiefs, police chiefs and others are on six figure salaries with bonuses, company cars and gold plated pensions.
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The world population is around seven billion of which one-third (2.3 billion) earn £1 per day or less. These people are the vulnerable who are often put into forced labour under the threat of physical violence (to themselves and their families) or death if they do not agree to work. Anti-Slavery International has researched forced labour with estimates of 12.3 million in 29 countries.