I guess you have thrown every Made in China product out of your window? :)
When Apple uses cheap labor it’s Apple’s fault. But when every other brand uses cheap China labor it’s the consumers fault.
People shouldn’t be hypocrites. Most of the people that condem the foxconn factory own stuff made in China by the same chinese hands. Why ? Because consumers want the cheapest possible products.
sum1: Obviously I’m not a saint. On the other hand I am very consciously consuming. I buy organic food whenever I can, I drive no car (I ride a bike), I don’t fly, I boycott the most exploitative corporations like Nike, Coke, Nestle. I don’t buy bottled water, I use a filter on tap water instead. I use energy from renewable sources (water, solar, wind etc.) and I attempt not to buy products from bloody dictatorships like China. Lately I even switched my bank to an ethical one.
Sometines I have no choice. I can only afford Chinese products in many cases.
Most Apple/Foxconn customers are rich enough to choose. They prefer not to. They consciously choose to buy Made in China although they know China is a bloody dictatorship. They even pay twice or triple the price just to be able to join the Apple cult. Apple products are faulty, they overheat, the batteries explode, hell the iPhones don’t even connect but people love it.
People die for your Apple products and you simply don’t care. You would kill for an iPhone.
VIOLENCE is state bonds, stolen pension funds, the stock market scam.
VIOLENCE is to be forced to take out a home loan which you end up paying back like it was gold.
VIOLENCE is the right of an employer to fire you any time he or she likes.
VIOLENCE is unemployment, insecurity, 700 euros salary with or without social security.
VIOLENCE is workplace “accidents” because bosses reduce their costs at the expense of their employees’ safety.
VIOLENCE is taking psychotropic drugs and vitamins to cope with exhausting hours.
VIOLENCE is to be an immigrant, to live in fear that you are likely to be deported any time and experiencing constant insecurity.
VIOLENCE is to be an employee, housewife, and mother at the same time.
VIOLENCE is to be groped at work and told: “Smile, we are not asking you for much, are we?”.” —
When people fight back, it’s considered violence. When the status quo is maintained, it’s called doing business.
In sociology most of it is called structural violence.
I saw this piece of street art during my 2008 trip to Paris not knowing the artist or what it even was about exactly. A few months ago, I looked over my Paris album again on my computer and came across this picture once more. I could find nothing distinct about it that would help me in tracing its origin until I noticed the repeated stencil of “Risque De Rêve” next to the stenciling of the boy. Looked it up on the internet and I discovered the French artist Jef Aerosol. http://www.flickr.com/people/jefaerosol/
It’s fascinating because he has these signature stencils he does all over the world. He just repeats those same figures in strange places. I think it’s genius!
Great Wall of China
The “flute player” is one of my favorites.
I think I like the “sitting boy” the best. I don’t know why.
Fake Ipods have started appearing on London walls after a recent spate of suicides at a Guangdong factory. Each piece by Xlyo depicts the conditions faced by the Chinese workers who produce electronic goods for a range of manufacturers, including Apple.
Taiwanese-owned Foxconn is the world’s biggest electronics outsourcing manufacturer, operating 20 plants and employing more than 800,000 workers in China. The Shenzhen plant in Guangdong province houses 400,000 workers, making products from iPhones and iPads to PlayStations for international brands like Apple, Sony, Hewlett-Packard and Dell. Analysts estimate that about 70 percent of Apple’s products are manufactured there.
Foxconn’s military-style regime, which is typical of export factories in China, requires workers to live in dormitories with up to 10 people a room. A single dormitory houses 5,000 workers, and there are many dozens of them. Workers are only allowed to enter their own rooms with electronic badges and are not allowed to cook, or have visitors or sexual relations. The dorms have no air conditioning in order to pressure workers to do extra overtime during the summer, as there is air conditioning on the factory floor.
Like other exporting companies, Foxconn’s basic monthly wage of 950 yuan ($US140) is in line with Shenzhen’s official minimum wage. Employees must work hours of overtime each day to make about 2,000 yuan to meet basic needs.
Thirteen suicide attempts since January, half of them during May, inside Foxconn’s huge plant at Shenzhen, a major manufacturing hub in southern China, underscore the brutal exploitation of Chinese workers by the world’s largest corporations. Ten workers have died, most of them just 18 to 24 years old. In the latest tragedy, a young man slashed his wrists in one of the factory’s dormitory last week.
… most of the 13 workers who tried to kill themselves jumped from buildings because they were unable to bear the stress, alienation and humiliation they experience daily.
While Foxconn’s plant in Shenzhen is like a mini-city, there are many such huge factories in China. Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Co at Dongguang, another manufacturing hub in Guangdong, for instance, employs 50,000 to 60,000 workers in a single plant. About 80 percent are just 18 to 22 years old, also working 10 to 12 hours a day. The company is the world’s largest sport shoes manufacturer, producing for brands like Nike and Reebok, with most of its 280,000 workers in China.