Entertaining dilemma to imagine a common vision of the future
In our Coop supermarket a group of members began to study some products and suppliers, sharing the information with all the members in googledoc
The same group did a survey to know what are the issues the members care more, and the most important issue was labor rights
How do we measure ¨labor right ¨ ??
We will ask the suppliers to explain us if they take care of their workers and how do they measure it…
Imagine that one company that produce cereals, with 50 workers, shows and prove it that it pay very high average salaries for all the workers (including owner and administrative workers) and it has a very low standard dispersion of salaries.
Imagine that other company that also produce cereals shows and prove it that it have all the production system totally automatic, so it only have two workers, the owner and one operator.....the operator is treated like a king.... both make a great salary....
Which one of these company achieve a better standard of ¨labor rights¨???
I do not believe that our politicians would make a wiser selection than us, the consumer peer to peer connected between us and with our suppliers....
Personally I would choose the second one, and I would try to buy from them, but I mainly would choose the one that have open accounting and the one that the owners set a maximum of profit and wages (as a public and open definition). I could easily imagine that the price of the cereal will be very low, and this company will cooperate to develop the ¨open knowledge of the cereal production¨ (and encourage ¨think global and produce local¨ and Commons-based peer production).
Can you imagine something like this ???