Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 32: A decent place to live
When governments allow factories to set up in your community, together they plan the buildings, roads, electricity and other services a factory needs to operate. But they often do not take workers’ needs into account. In their plans, only the workers’ labor counts — not their well-being.
Because export factories employ so many people, governments and employers need to make sure they have enough public services, such as housing, sanitation, safe water, and transportation. For good health and safety, they must also install sidewalks and streetlights, plant trees, build parks and playgrounds, and, of course, build and staff schools, clinics, hospitals, and cultural centers.