FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #8

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If  you went to a store and found it was being peacefully picketed by striking employees, would you be more likely to go elsewhere or to shop there anyway?  Why?

I’d be more likely to go elsewhere. 

Employees don’t go on strike unless they have a valid reason–they are not being treated fairly by their employer.  It is not enough that a store treats its customers fairly–it must also treat its employees fairly.

Fairness is synonymous with justice, thus unfairness is synonymous with injustice.  And I absolutely despise injustice–perhaps more than anything else. 

If I patronized a business that was unjust to its employees, I would be supporting injustice–making the striking employees’ efforts ineffective. 

So I’d wait it out, until the conflict was resolved.

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