Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 21:53 UTC
In the News "Nightline has aired its report from Foxconn's factories on ABC. In the report, host Bill Weir speaks directly to factory workers as well as their managers. You would think that this unprecedented' look inside Apple factories would reveal much we didn't know, but the show was relatively light on information. Weir did extensively survey the places where iPads and iPhones are constructed, spent time interviewing both employees and their families, and talked to FLA president Auret van Heerden, though he uncovered mostly familiar information." Mind you, ABC is owned by Disney, which has close ties to Apple. Make of that what you will.
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Also keep in mind...
by izomiac on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 22:42 UTC
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Mind you, ABC is owned by Disney, which has close ties to Apple. Make of that what you will.

It's also one of the major industries of a country with a history of suppressing any disfavorable information about the country or government. The workers are there voluntarily, since it beats farming, and would likely prefer to keep their job (both from being fired for complaining, or laid-off if big companies take their business elsewhere). Plus, victims often defend exploitation, for a variety of reasons ("hard working" culture, tradition, comradery, feeling indebted, etc.).

IOW, I'm skeptical that everything is as these major companies say it is. And, if we make a mistake and demand improvement in China's working conditions despite there not being any "problems", I'm fine with that. It's equally little problem for me if we do more manufacturing in America as a result. (Not as good for the Chinese, but my countrymen come first and I think it's generally better to change our own ways rather than force other countries to change to better suit us.)

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RE: Also keep in mind...
by zima on Tue 28th Feb 2012 02:38 in reply to "Also keep in mind..."
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2005-07-06

It's equally little problem for me if we do more manufacturing in America as a result. (Not as good for the Chinese, but my countrymen come first and I think it's generally better to change our own ways rather than force other countries to change to better suit us.)

I think you'll find there a bit more countries in America than just your own... conveniently, one of them already has Foxconn fab.

Generally, even without China, there's plenty of locations where you can move labour camp factories, able to provide your countrymen with inexpensive consumer toys - things which very much suit you.

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