Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2012 08:24 UTC
In the News Rob Schmitz, the Marketplace reporter who uncovered Daisey's lies, stated: "What makes this a little complicated is that the things Daisey lied about seeing are things that have actually happened in China: Workers making Apple products have been poisoned by Hexane. Apple's own audits show that the company has caught underage workers at a handful of its suppliers. These things are rare, but together, they form an easy-to-understand narrative about Apple." It's what I'm already seeing in the Apple-verse (and beyond): the actual issues that have truly and honestly happened are being shuffled under the carpet because some no-name dude I'd never heard of lied, as yet another way to soothe people's conscience. The west is exploiting workers in the east for a few percentages of profit margins. This is a reality, whether some dude lied about it or not.
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acobar
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What we are talking here is a huge problem with no easy solution. Even though I agree with Thom on principles, we should not forget that between the disease and the medicine we need to pick what would be the less evil of them.

The real truth is that people need jobs, and on poor countries they are way less selective on getting one. For many on this sorry condition, the jobs associated to production for western companies are better than if the production is only tied to local consume. On other words, western companies may actually improve the local life standards.

But we have a big problem on our global economy. It shifted the balance of power between employers and employees. Employers are allowed to play globally, employees are not effective on it. So, if locally there is a kind of union that try to improve their part of pie or working conditions, the employer may very well move their factories to somewhere else. This is what actually happened to on USA and Europe. I find it tragic how many "experts" put a blame on work unions for this shift. On societies with no developed democratic values the situation is worse, as repression and humanity crimes may very well be applied on individuals trying to build awareness about working conditions.

The only way I see as a faster escape from this situation without have to wait hundred of years (as there are lots of very poor countries on our world, and "leaders" that would graciously surrender their "mates" universal rights for money) is if we pressure our lawmakers to pass legislation that makes companies accountable for their choices on any market by standards we have on our own. But I guess, the chance to have something like that is little and, worse, it may very well backfire.

Consumer boycotts are also unlikely to succeed and will have no impact on conditions in China.
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On this one I vehemently disagree with you. It raises awareness locally and put pressure on companies that are then pressed to move, like what happened to Apple.

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