A middle rank bureaucrat goes to a factory manager to demand a bribe.
Bureaucrat: Give me money or I will ensure you fail your next compliance inspection.
Factory owner: I paid your people yesterday to ensure that I would pass the next surprise compliance inspection scheduled for next Tuesday at 11:00 PM. Surely they gave you your share. Why should I pay twice?
Bureaucrat: I retire at the end of the year and I am collecting for my retirement fund.
Factory owner: What do I care about your retirement fund? “I pay your people once a month and once is enough.
Bureaucrat: I do not have time to argue. I have to visit 70 factories this week. If you do not pay, my team will arrive tomorrow; find 100 deficiencies and close you down.
Factory owner: How much and will take a check?
Today compliance has little to do with workers’ rights or working conditions. Compliance is a business, and business has never been better.
For a relatively small sum, factories are informed in advance the dates for unscheduled compliance audits to ensure no child labor, no contract labour and that everything is a-ok. For a slightly larger sum, bars on the windows, doors chained shut, and sewers working past midnight become invisible to the inspectors
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