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'Prison-like' conditions for workers making IBM, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Lenovo...

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  1. wagnerk
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    'Prison-like' conditions for workers making IBM, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Lenovo products

    Chinese factory workers are working in prison-like conditions for 41 cents an hour to make computer parts for IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Dell, a report claims.

    US organisation the National Labour Committee (NLC) found 2,000 workers at the Meitai factory work an average of 74 hours a week, for a base wage of 64 cents an hour. This drops to 41 cents an hour after room and board is removed.

    The workers, mostly young women aged from 18 to their mid-20s, are not allowed to talk, listen to music, look around them, put their hands in their pockets, or go to the toilet unless it is an official break.

    Read the whole article here.

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    1. zebulebu
      Massive western corporations in 'exploiting third-world workers' shock.

      This has been going on for decades - ever since free trade zones were set up. There was always exploitation of developing markets in the past but the Chicago School economists have made it ten times worse. We turn a blind eye to it for so many reasons - not the least of which is the fact that it is these practices that keep the prices of consumer goods so low - but there is much more awareness of it now than there used to be. Unfortunately, the people who could really change things and make a difference (the younger generation) are too busy listening to ****ty music, shooting each other in the street over 'respect' or generally apathetic towards anything other than the usual diet of reality TV bull**** they get force-fed every day to care.
    2. Crito
      Proof that capitalism has absolutely nothing to do with free markets.

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