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[DailyMail] 'Forced to stand for 24 hours, suicide nets, toxin exposure and explosions': Inside the Chinese factories making iPads for Apple

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Originally Posted by Daily Mail .co .uk 
'Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week'
'Living together in crowded dorms and exposure to dangerous chemicals'
Two explosions in 2011 in China 'due to aluminum dust' killed four workers
Almost 140 injured after using toxin in factory, reports New York Times

Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week, living together in crowded dormitories and standing so long that their legs swell and they can hardly walk after a 24-hour shift.
These are the lives some employees claim they live at Apple’s manufacturing centres in China, where the firm’s suppliers allegedly wrongly dispose of hazardous waste and produce improper records.
Almost 140 workers at a supplier in China were injured two years ago using a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens - and two explosions last year killed four people while injuring more than 75.

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Ok, where is the technology? Where is the science? Seems to me this article is about horrible work conditions in China. Which doesn't apply to either. This belongs in OFF Topic. rolleyes.gif
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Ok, where is the technology? Where is the science? Seems to me this article is about horrible work conditions in China. Which doesn't apply to either. This belongs in OFF Topic. rolleyes.gif

This is about a HUGE technology company...
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Right, because they have so many other options to look to for work.....
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Exactly. That's a ridiculous and ignorant comment.

They do actually. Sewing, welding, and assembling factories are a dime a dozen. The reason they choose to continue working at such factories is because it offers more work. For families that live on their wages, the more offers available the more they want. They aren't working at the company because that is the only freaking factory in the entire country. They are working at that factory because it has a high demand for labor and hours. They have a choice and they CHOSE to work under those conditions. They can just as easily work somewhere else and take less pay.
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I actually don't hate Apple: I was considering buying a MAC (until I saw the price tag, a bit out my range) I just hate their (and any other company that does this) business practices.
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But it's true though. It's the real world, **** happens. No one raises a stink about it until Apple is involved, now everyone jumps on the iHate bandwagon and talks about what a terrible company it is. Pretty sure I saw you in the last thread talking about this and you demonstrated your clear Apple fanboy hate, and no understanding of how things in a global economy work. Start a new thread on the same topic hoping for a fresh start, or just to see if you could get more people to hop on the bandwagon?
Also, it's great when the sources of your facts are, uhh...six years old?

Lol. "Last updated at 6:59 PM on 26th January 2012"

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Ok, where is the technology? Where is the science? Seems to me this article is about horrible work conditions in China. Which doesn't apply to either. This belongs in OFF Topic. rolleyes.gif
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I actually don't hate Apple: I was considering buying a MAC (until I saw the price tag, a bit out my range) I just hate their (and any other company that does this) business practices.

"and any other company that does this", you mean every company.
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"and any other company that does this", you mean every company.

Pretty much. Although I do agree that Apple takes most of the flak and we don't really know the true extent of the problem with other companies if we do our own extensive research.
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Lol. "Last updated at 6:59 PM on 26th January 2012"
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The newspaper’s report comes hot on the heels of Apple announcing whopping $13billion profits on $46billion sales in its last quarter - but the firm still wants its overseas factories to produce more.
I read all the time about how operations in China may slow as the younger generation covets Western societal living styles more and more. As many large businesses have pushed the "McDonaldization" (yes, that's a real term tongue.gif) of their workforces, would they simply pack up shop and move to Africa or I wonder if they would try to pressure the government there to help them maintain their status quo.

It is scary how much business has changed in the last 30 years, and is continuing to head into this min/max profit direction. At least all the shareholders can get their extra couple dollars per unit by sacrificing just a "few" human assembly units...er, workers. rolleyessmileyanim.gif
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