Johnny (kinvore) wrote in talk_politics,

The New Slavery

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/21/1056826/-Apple-and-Unbridled-Capitalism?via=spotlight

Believe it or not, despite being an Arch Liberal TM I seldom read Daily Kos, and when someone directs me to a story there I take it with a huge grain of salt. However I've heard this story from various sources so it's pretty much verified.

Foxconn manufactures many of the nifty electronics we use today, including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. They keep their workers in compounds behind guards with automatic weapons. They are crammed 8 to a room. They work long hours for a pittance, and the pressure is taking its toll. Their work force has had numerous suicide attempts, many of which have succeeded.

Foxconn's solutions so far have been anything but exemplary. They've placed bars in windows and nets between buildings to keep people from jumping. They've had their employees sign "no suicide" pledges. They keep trying to address the symptom without even bothering with the cause.

What I find most ironic is if the workers try to form a union they'll receive a 12 year prison sentence. That's right, in Communist China they can't form a union.

You can't keep treating people this way and not expect some sort of reaction. This is the true face of class warfare, my friends. To me this is the inevitable result of unbridled capitalism, and why we need to keep regulations in place and to protect worker's rights. These people in China and elsewhere are paying a heavy price so that you can have a cheap smart phone.

(BTW if this was already discussed then I apologize, as you may or may not know I haven't been active lately.)
Tags: capitalism, china
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