Charges of Abuse at Apple's iPad Factories

Thursday, January 26, 2012

iPad cash register at Ample HIlls Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. iPad cash register at Ample HIlls Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Millions of Americans love their Apple products: from iPods to MacBooks to iPads. But there's a story behind the beloved devices. How do they get made and what price is paid? Our partner The New York Times has been investigating and this morning's story is a riveting read, in particular the safely problems at a Chinese factory that makes iPads.

David Barboza is Shanghai correspondent for our partner The New York Times.

Comments [2]

amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

As was said, labor exploitation is a fundamental characteristic of capitalism. In more contemporary times, the conditions for Chinese workers reminds me (and those of us who have been following Globalization for the past 20 years) of the uproar over Mexican maquiladoras of the late 1990s-early '00s. It seems that the Chinese Foxcomm manufacturers' of the world, in the hyper-intensive Globalized/Information age, have come up with their even more efficient "flexible" labor model

If people want to respond as consumers to the corporate (MNC) use of these type of manufacturers, there might be a model of recent vintage available, namely the anti-sweatshop movement/campaigns primarily led by university students.

(e.g. "No Justice, No Contracts": http://prospect.org/article/no-justice-no-contract)

Of course, more immediate needs like making ends meet in the US economy is what many are concerned about, although because the economy is global, Chinese factory workers producing goods you use directly affects your needs, not to mention your economic future...

Jan. 26 2012 09:57 AM
Peg

The lives of Chinese factory workers sound like they were taken straight out of our history books. ...mostly poor, young female workers, packed into super-factories, living in company housing and working "ultra over-over-over time. Back to the future everyone!!!

Jan. 26 2012 09:38 AM

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