Globalization’s downside - From shipyard to graveyard: Is there a decent way to break ships?

Author: World of Work - The Magazine of the ILO, Published on: 1 December 2000

Local businesses and others say the annual breaking of some 700 ships benefits the five nations (India, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Viet Nam) where the work takes place these days. But critics claim these countries have become dump sites for the industrialized world; an environmental disaster and an example of poor, often highly dangerous working conditions.

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