File under, Hey, I love my Mac and my iPod as much as the next person, but...!
and creates the iCowpod,Apple admits excessive iPod hours
boosting the economy as well as
the sales forecast for Apple Computer!
Think this is farfetched?
"Apple Computer has said a report of labour conditions at its iPod plant in China found workers did more than 60 hours a week a third of the time.
The iPod is the world's most popular MP3 player
Staff making the world's most popular MP3 player also worked more than six consecutive days 25% of the time.
Apple said the hours were "excessive" and said its supplier would now be enforcing a "normal" 60-hour week. The California-based firm said its report found "no evidence of enforced labour" or use of child workers."
OK, does anyone here want to sign up for a "NORMAL" 60 hour work week? Because you know they would do it here if they could. So what is the real problem here?
A report in England's "Mail on Sunday"alleged the plant's workers make roughly the equivalent of $100 per month and often worked 15-hour days, showing photos of dormitories where workers, mostly young women, sleep 100 to a room, and of stark cement buildings from behind high chain-link fences that resemble what we in the West call prisons.
Is the problem that the working conditions are so bad, the hours too long? Is it that Apple allegedly was slow in investigating these claims, perhaps hoping that the furor would die down?
Is the real problem that China and many poor nations have a gross oversupply of non-skilled labour? Lack of education? So when the only choice for poor Chinese women is working in horrid factory conditions or working as a prostitute, what are we to do?
If we boycott the product, does it help these workers? If we all write and demand that Apple and other corporations begin to set better working conditions, does this make a difference?
Will corporations begin to treat workers in poor countries better when their eye is on the stock price and short-term gains? What creates change? Tell me, how do we solve this moral dilemma? What helps poor workers pull themselves up when there is no bootstrap?