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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MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The reason a lot of companies outsource to China is because it is very cheap. If wages were to increase some other country may become cheaper and those underpaid Chinese workers will turn in to unemployed people.

Also I doubt those underaged workers can actually keep their wage. Most will probably hand it over to their parents.

In the Steve Jobs book it is mentioned Steve would have loved to manufacture stuff in the States, but it can take months and even years to get all the permits and start building.

But never mind Apple, it's a lot of companies, from tech to clothes. If they didn't do this prices would skyrocket and most people prefer to be hypocrites than to be unable to buy what they want.

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OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

Yeah people in poor countries are falling over themselves trying to produce goods for western companies at a cheaper price. I know because I live in a poor country myself. The garment manufacturers here make clothing that they sell to the Nikes and Wranglers of the world for peanuts compared to the retail price that you people in the west pay for them. If you stop buying from the Chinese the jobs will just shift to Vietnam or some other country.

The answer to greater prosperity is not in artificially imposed labour standards but in increased productivity. The real answer is in free movement of labour on a global scale. That should really scare you guys in the west. Imagine millions of Chinese and South Asians moving to the US to get a slice of the good life! By artificially restricting labour mobility you've created all sorts of problems. Your prosperity in built on the backs of the poorest people on the planet.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, you're right and this exploiting is something we've been doing for hundreds of years.

But even so, the current financial crisis shows this isn't even enough and we still want more.

Soon China will buy the western world.

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