I have been somewhat amused at efforts by our United States Chamber of Commerce in it’s efforts to get US Companies to relocate their manufacturing facilities and Service Centers from the United States to other countries like India and China basically due to the cheap labor and now with the cost of raw materials climbing, many of these companies are having to raise their prices due to dwindling profits. An exert from the news article states that: “The National Development and Reform Commission, China's economic planning agency, fined Unilever two million yuan ($308,000), saying the Anglo-Dutch company had broken the law when it spread information about impending price increases and disrupted market order“.
Now in the US, the government does not exercise strict controls over labor cost, raw materials cost or product pricing as it is what we call a Free Market and yet companies are leaving our shores every day for China where the government controls everything. The Chinese government has said: "Those that are less well off are all of a sudden finding that the prices are rising dramatically. That creates a lot of anger and frustration, which is exactly what the government fears the most." Does that sound familiar? Well with prices rising and labor rates staying artificially low, it is understandable that many families would suddenly become less well off and understandable that they would become angry and frustrated. It has already happened in this country and now the Chinese government is starting to more tightly control prices in an effort to keep the masses content but the only thing that matters to these transplanted companies is their profits for shareholders and CEO‘s. It’s sad that so many companies have abandoned the tested and proven abilities of a dynamic work force in the US for the dreams of cheap labor and high profits in China. About all I can say to them is you made your bed with the Chinese government and now you must lay there until you find the courage to come back home to the US and be a part of a totally productive society where you can depend on quality work from well trained employees. When companies in China decide that they can once again be productive companies that take care of their employees as they expect their employees to take care of them, that would be a good time to bid farewell to China and come home and work with your workforce so that we can all prosper. Until that time comes, I suggest you all sit back in your new Chinese government controlled offices and do as the Chinese government tells you. MADE IN the USA still has a nice ring to it.