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DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars

Graham Watson

9th November 2021

Lots to ponder here - the global supply chain, derived demand, value added, electric cars and so on.

However, I read the article as a human being first and economist second.

Congolese workers describe a system of abuse, precarious employment and paltry wages – all to power the green vehicle revolution

The fact of the matter is that workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are working in unsatisfactory conditions for low pay; however, we shouldn't be surprised by this, given the level of development and the fact that health and safety legislation is a luxury good.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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