Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:15 UTC, submitted by Michael
In the News In a muckraking Spiegel.de article, suppliers to well-known computer manufacturers are accused of mistreating workers and violating Chinese labor law: "According to a Hong-Kong based human rights organization, working hours total up to 370 hours per month, workers aren't receiving the legal minimum wage and in the run-up to Christmas, days off are cut out entirely." One of the reasons that high tech hardware has become so widespread and useful is because it's so inexpensive. As this article demonstrates, this affordability can come at a price.
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RE: shit happens
by DrillSgt on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:47 UTC in reply to "shit happens"
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2005-12-02

"I prefer inside pressure (strikes and so on). Maybe the Chinese gov. can do something. External pressure from the West can be counterproductive."

I agree. The west should stay out of this one. Though, as for the government of China, they condone this type of thing. I would expect it to be ignored.

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RE[2]: shit happens
by red_devel on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:53 in reply to "RE: shit happens"
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2006-03-30

Hahahaha, strikes and stuff. Thats hilarious. Strikes only work if they're allowed, and if you can afford to survive a day without the pay, and if there aren't an army of other people willing to take the job 'cause they're starving too. What a naive and ridiculous comment. You clearly have no understanding of the breadth and depth of the human rights violations that occur in China. Probably because most of the West has decided to ignore it so we can keep buying cheap crap.

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RE[3]: shit happens
by DrillSgt on Wed 17th Dec 2008 18:03 in reply to "RE[2]: shit happens"
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2005-12-02

"What a naive and ridiculous comment. You clearly have no understanding of the breadth and depth of the human rights violations that occur in China."

You're right, I do not have a clue on it, as I do not live there. What I do know is that most of the factories and such are government run. What I do know is that it is a way of life for them. Don't forget either if you really want to do something, get rid of your credit cards and bank accounts. Some of the biggest banks are owned/run by Chinese interests, at least in the US. Human Rights violations appear everywhere sadly. If you feel that strongly then by all means petition the Government of China to stop doing it.

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RE[3]: shit happens
by jlarocco on Wed 17th Dec 2008 20:05 in reply to "RE[2]: shit happens"
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2005-09-14

Well what exactly is your plan then?

Assume everybody in "the west" stops buying things made in China. Millions of Chinese lose their jobs, and then what?

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RE[2]: shit happens
by fithisux on Thu 18th Dec 2008 07:23 in reply to "RE: shit happens"
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2006-01-22

"I prefer inside pressure (strikes and so on). Maybe the Chinese gov. can do something. External pressure from the West can be counterproductive."

I agree. The west should stay out of this one. Though, as for the government of China, they condone this type of thing. I would expect it to be ignored.


I agree, don't buy Chinese products "The west should stay out of this one" this is the right thing to do, justice. But wait the companies who rule the West do not agree and we as loyal slaves follow them and make other people slaves for the companies (we are not better). The prices are low because they work under inhuman conditions. This is a pseudo-dilemma, if they could get reasonable (and not legal, anther pseudo-dilemma)wages, prices could remain low, but companies are greedy and want high profit margins. We are cannibals and we are paying for this. Enough is enough, corporates betaryed nations by moving their manufacturing plants to China and have given rise to unemployment. Do you think they did it because they care? The main problem is that they were looking for slaves in Europe/America but they could not find. If China decides not to provide slaves what do you think will happen? Take your time to think about it.

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