The high cost of cheap labor

I strongly recommend everyone read this article about the way exploiting cheap labor sources in China is detrimental to everyone but the wealthy asshats on top who “make a killing”, figuratively and literally. Here’s a sample of its greatness:

“There was a famous exchange in which President Obama asked Steve Jobs what it would take to bring Apple’s manufacturing jobs back home and Jobs replied, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.” The New York Times repeats Apple’s often-repeated public justification for that position, describing the company as praising the “flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers.”

It does take “flexibility” to assign workers to scrub Apple screens with a nerve toxin, or to ignore reports that they’re in danger of death or mutilation. American workers are skilled and diligent, and there’s no reason for Apple’s executives to believe otherwise. It’s possible that Steve Jobs and other outsourcing executives really think that “those jobs aren’t coming back” because they expect it will always be impossible to underbid the Chinese – because they don’t believe Chinese workers will ever be protected by law.”

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One Response to The high cost of cheap labor

  1. anon says:

    Listen to this – http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory – Apple isn’t quite as evil as this article makes them out to be. While they are far from perfect, they have stopped dealing with suppliers that violate certain human rights standards. Progress is being made.

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