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: Comment by Soulbender
by red_devel on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
red_devel
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2006-03-30

Are you freaking kidding me? No they probably don't celebrate Christmas because there repressive government forbids organized religion except their own state run propaganda spewing "Church". They are being overworked because WE buy all this crap in huge volumes at Christmas time, obviously. This has nothing to do about religion or Christmas being forced on anyone, so get off of your anti-religion, ready to jump at the mention of a religious holiday, horse. And its completely different than Germany because these people are being over worked and under payed and living in conditions you can't imagine, all so we can have cheap electronics.

Edited 2008-12-17 17:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
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2005-08-18

You might have noticed that I removed my post since I misread the article.

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by rajj on Wed 17th Dec 2008 18:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
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2005-07-06

Westerner-spews-non-sense-about-China alert.

Actually, in the Guong Dong (which is what this story is about and where most of the manufacturing is located in China), they do celebrate Christmas mostly because it was imported along with the English. There are no laws forbidding religious practices in the SAR. In fact, most kids go to _Catholic_ schools.

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by Vinegar Joe on Wed 17th Dec 2008 18:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
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2006-08-16

They don't celebrate Christmas because they are Chinese and 99.9999& of them are non-Christian. They celebrate Chinese New Year. And that is VERY big in China. Bigger than Christmas in the West.

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RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Wed 17th Dec 2008 18:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Seriously people, I removed my post 1 minute after I wrote it. Please don't respond to it since it was nonsense and it will only cause another pointless flamewar about nothing. In fact, mod it down.

Edited 2008-12-17 18:33 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by evangs on Wed 17th Dec 2008 19:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
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2005-07-07

They don't celebrate Christmas because they are Chinese and 99.9999& of them are non-Christian.


That's a slightly silly statement given that there are roughly 130 million Christians in China and the church is growing fast. At the very least, 10% of the population in China is Christian.

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