I don't think the problem is so much the people running the corporations (one idiot is just as dumb as any other and they are all stockholder's bitches these days) as "what the market is". We live in a "Wal-Mart" world, where even those like myself have an appreciation of 'getting what you pay for' have to sell their soul and get the cheap shit.
The problem is it's not as easy as "Just going to Albertson's" instead. Sure I can pay a premium there and hope the Albertsons people are treated better, but the reality is they aren't. The product isn't much better so there isin't a CLEAR reason to pay the premium if it's avoiadable. The next problem is that say Albertsons IS
paying/treating their employess better, and by some miracle of fate, everyone starts shopping there and forgets about walmart. This is nice to think that people would be willing to do this, but lets see what happens. People start paying more so the Alberstons employees get paid more, well this means the people doing the paying have to get paid more which means the costs to thier employers increases. Their employer raises costs which in turn raises costs for those consumers. Can I have endless vicious cycles for $1000 Alex?
Personally, what I find offensive are the compensation packages for Executives. Let's take Mark Hurd.. read all about it here: http://www.nylawyer.com/news/05/04/040705l.html
From this and other articles it looks like this guy (yes it's mostly on paper but..) gets $20Mil just for walking in the FUCKING DOOR?!?!?!
If I was a board member the fucker wouldn't get anymore then he NEEDED to live, then if he SAVES/MAKES the company $100Mil, I'd give him 20, The employees 20, and STILL have enough to make the stock holders happier then what they were getting before.
What I want to know is who NEEDS PERSONALLY to make more then $1million/year?