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We all have heard how bad working conditions are on China. After all, this is where many of the products we consume are manufactured. All video game consoles are at least partially assembled at a Chinese factory. We have heard the news of people commiting suicide. Now, thanks to this student who went undercover on a IPhone factory, we have a clearer picture on how working there is like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ItLIywwepY

 

Just like college.



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Well, I'd say that it was already information out in the open. I had already heard of the nets to catch people that try to commit suicide.

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The multinational corporations lied about Chinese factory workers having the best conditions, the envy of the world!

VGPolyglot said:
Well, I'd say that it was already information out in the open. I had already heard of the nets to catch people that try to commit suicide.

Still good to remind people where those shiny switches come from.



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VGPolyglot said:
Well, I'd say that it was already information out in the open. I had already heard of the nets to catch people that try to commit suicide.

Still good to remind people where those shiny switches come from.

Yes, it's horrible and very depressing thinking about all of the mistreated workers around the world.



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If they improve the working conditions and pay the problems just get relocated and not solved. I mean imagine someone in the west has to buy an iPhone for $900 instead of $800. That's just inhumane.



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ok i watch half the vid? so whats the problem? seemed alright to me, long hours but shit factory worker in uk work long hours

Nogamez said:
ok i watch half the vid? so whats the problem? seemed alright to me, long hours but shit factory worker in uk work long hours

We don't have factories or conditions like that. We don't have that many factories left anyway of a huge scale, yes big car plants, aerospace but certainly not consumer electronics. Huge level of protection for workers in the UK many would argue too much. 

We certainly don't have factories with suicide nets.

 

The sad thing is a lot of production of consumer products has  moved out of China because they are too expensive. Bicycles are now being made in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bangladesh because its cheaper than China and no doubt some other country will be cheaper than those in a few years and production will move to that country. It's always a race to the bottom. Iphones could be made in the USA perhaps with an increase in cost price as little as 10% as Apple's margins are huge and they could be reduced only slightly to manufacture in the USA. Alternatively a combination of Mexican and US manufacturing could probably offer similar efficiency however the upfront costs of investing in such plants would be large and competitor's would be able to choose cheaper manufacturing regions to give themselves competitive advantage, i.e. Vietnam. The benefit of Foxconn is their expertise, they are brilliant Taiwanese engineers who manufacture in mainland China and make bringing a product to market simpler and cheaper. If the product fails they simply stop making it as a small part of their huge business where Apple investing in its own factories is more high risk. 



Does not sound so bad, and hell they can quit if they want.

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Besides the low wage, and manager yelling at workers, it didn't seem too bad.