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(NBC News)   Anyone with half a brain should know that you can't get away with freeloading at Foxconn   (worldnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 34
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2012-10-11 12:03:45 PM
iPhone: the new Blood Diamond.
 
2012-10-11 12:06:03 PM
If he only had a brain!

/ well; the other half of his brain at any rate
 
2012-10-11 12:06:06 PM
He appears to be happy. Half of my brain is gone too, but it's from all the bourbon and LSD.
 
2012-10-11 12:06:10 PM
Sounds like a real workers paradise.
 
2012-10-11 12:09:16 PM
Slacker
 
2012-10-11 12:12:21 PM
No free health care in China?
 
2012-10-11 12:13:05 PM
And this is in one of the "wealthiest" chinese cities. Just imagine the billion people who live elsewhere in china.
 
2012-10-11 12:14:22 PM
Does he count "1, 3, 5, 7, 9"?
 
2012-10-11 12:15:22 PM

almandot: Does he count "1, 3, 5, 7, 9"?


Nope. It's straight to 'potato'.
 
2012-10-11 12:17:07 PM
Anyone with a whole brain doesn't work at Foxconn.
 
2012-10-11 12:17:11 PM
t1.gstatic.com

Your Labor will be Rewarded in the Next Life
Do not leave your work area unless instructed by your supervisor. If he is on fire, await his supervisor.
Talking during No Talking Time is a disease of the proletarian
Job cannot be discussed with the media. Turn your Facebook password in to your supervisor. If he is bullet ridden, await his successor.
Yours is to toil. Do not waste your energy on worries or thoughts of happiness
The vision of the Enforcers is perfect. Arguing over the number of lashes you receive will result only in more lashes.
 
2012-10-11 12:20:07 PM
Wow. It's "The people of the Abyss" with English subtitles. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People_of_the_Abyss
 
2012-10-11 12:26:25 PM

H31N0US: iPhone: Modern electronics: the new Blood Diamond.


FTFY. Apple gets highlighted often whenever Foxconn comes up, but a lot of electronic companies use them. Amazon, Dell, HP, Acer, Vizio, Sony, Cisco, Nintendo, and others build their hardware in Foxconn plants.
 
2012-10-11 12:27:28 PM
Wow, China has certainly learned the ways of Western capitalism, haven't they? Although it sounds like this worker is getting better treatment than he would from many US companies.

/brain damaged worker is one of the 47% who are takers, not makers, amirite?
 
2012-10-11 12:28:05 PM
I realize that Apple is not "directly" responsible for Foxconn's behavior and the way they treat their employees, but until Foxconn grows a soul and a conscience....f*ck Apple.
 
2012-10-11 12:34:18 PM
Workers Paradise my ass.
 
2012-10-11 12:45:22 PM
This could have been any chinese firm, but we only care when it's Foxcon? I mean he was changing a bulb on the outside of the building.

Or is "maintenance worker" a chinese euphemism for 'labor camp guard'?
 
2012-10-11 12:48:02 PM
I'm sort-of-okay with workers being paid a fair local wage, which can obviously vary by locale. What I'm not okay with is slave labor, or slave labor in all but name. I don't care if the people are willing slaves. It is an insult to human dignity.

I don't buy things made in China if I can avoid it. All my clothes are American or Western European made. Electronics are harder, but I did find someone who manufactures keyboards in the US, so I have an American keyboard.

I would buy from China even if the workers there made the same amount of money they do now, but for how they are treated. If China enacted some worker protection and worker's rights legislation (hell, if China just enforced some of the laws they already had!) I wouldn't mind buying Chinese products. But they don't; they treat their workers like slaves.

Giving workers a 30 minute lunch break would not increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a penny. Letting workers have two days off a week would not increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a dime. And letting workers work eight or ten hour days wouldn't increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a quarter.

(Honestly, though, why things like electronics are so much cheaper to manufacture in China is not the cheap labor, that's just gravy. What makes it so much cheaper is that you can dump your incredibly toxic waste from electronics manufacturing in the local water supply and there's nothing anyone will do about it.)
 
2012-10-11 12:51:37 PM
Hows that socialized medicine working out NOW? EH?!?

Huh? What? Oh....
 
2012-10-11 01:12:54 PM
Well, the important question is, did he get the light bulb changed? He hes shirked his responsibilities and needs to get that done. Also, who is going to put up the ladder with him laying about in the hospital?
 
2012-10-11 01:25:00 PM
This isn't going to slow production of the iPhone 6, right? It's getting close to the time they should be announcing it.
 
2012-10-11 01:28:28 PM

H31N0US: iPhone: the new Blood Diamond.


Actually, I find your comment pretty awesome actually, but let's not lose sight on the truth here shall we?

Major customers of Foxconn currently include:
Acer Inc. (Taiwan)[41]
Amazon.com (United States)[7]
Apple Inc. (United States)[42]
Cisco (United States)[43]
Dell (United States)[44]
Hewlett-Packard (United States)[45]
Intel (United States)[46]
Microsoft (United States)[9]
Motorola Mobility (United States)[44]
Nintendo (Japan)[47]
Nokia (Finland)[42]
Sony (Japan)[8]
Toshiba (Japan) [48]
Vizio (United States)[49]

(from Wikipedia)
 
2012-10-11 01:30:48 PM
It's almost like there's a reason labor is cheaper in China.
 
2012-10-11 01:34:14 PM
I love my Android thank you
 
2012-10-11 01:45:43 PM
"It's to the point where I don't know, If I can be a freeloading bloke. Dumping stupidity on people's parade"

It's not my fault that one of the tunes from Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long blog fit subby's headline perfectly.
 
2012-10-11 02:17:20 PM
...his son's bedside at the Number 2 People's Hospital in Shenzhen.

Well, there's your problem! He should have checked into Number 1 People's Hospital!
 
2012-10-11 02:25:33 PM

Lord Dimwit: I'm sort-of-okay with workers being paid a fair local wage, which can obviously vary by locale. What I'm not okay with is slave labor, or slave labor in all but name. I don't care if the people are willing slaves. It is an insult to human dignity.

I don't buy things made in China if I can avoid it. All my clothes are American or Western European made. Electronics are harder, but I did find someone who manufactures keyboards in the US, so I have an American keyboard.

I would buy from China even if the workers there made the same amount of money they do now, but for how they are treated. If China enacted some worker protection and worker's rights legislation (hell, if China just enforced some of the laws they already had!) I wouldn't mind buying Chinese products. But they don't; they treat their workers like slaves.

Giving workers a 30 minute lunch break would not increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a penny. Letting workers have two days off a week would not increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a dime. And letting workers work eight or ten hour days wouldn't increase the cost of your iPhone by more than a quarter.

(Honestly, though, why things like electronics are so much cheaper to manufacture in China is not the cheap labor, that's just gravy. What makes it so much cheaper is that you can dump your incredibly toxic waste from electronics manufacturing in the local water supply and there's nothing anyone will do about it.)


This.
 
2012-10-11 03:18:39 PM
ifaketext.com
 
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2012-10-11 06:36:02 PM

Inquisitive Inquisitor: H31N0US: iPhone: Modern electronics: the new Blood Diamond.

FTFY. Apple gets highlighted often whenever Foxconn comes up, but a lot of electronic companies use them. Amazon, Dell, HP, Acer, Vizio, Sony, Cisco, Nintendo, and others build their hardware in Foxconn plants.


A lot of electronics manufacturers don't have Apples progressive hipster image.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-10-11 06:46:35 PM

stuffy: Workers Paradise my ass.


Doesn't sound any better then working for an American company.
 
2012-10-12 01:40:32 AM

wrenchboy: [ifaketext.com image 475x712]


I don't get what you're expressing.
 
2012-10-12 02:48:19 AM
How many Chinese does it take to change a light bulb?
 
2012-10-12 04:01:18 AM
The world knows about the harsh conditions and horrible practices in regards to the people putting together their smartphones and iphones. World does not care.

Apple continues to see soaring profits, distances itself from FOXCONN practices and policies, while reaping the maximum rewards.
 
2012-10-12 07:45:18 AM
(Honestly, though, why things like electronics are so much cheaper to manufacture in China is not the cheap labor, that's just gravy. What makes it so much cheaper is that you can dump your incredibly toxic waste from electronics manufacturing in the local water supply and there's nothing anyone will do about it.)


This. And when they finish replacing the workers with robots, the locals will no longer have access to even the low wage jobs, and they will still be farked because of the pollution, but no one in the West will care any more. Foxconn is probably more motivated to use robotics to get rid of the bad PR than they are to save on wages.
 
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