15
Oct
12

DON’T WORRY, CHINA IS GOING TO GET YOU YOUR FUCKING PHONE

 

I myself am not a Mac user. There’s something about Mac technology that makes me feel like I’m using a device designed for a child. Or a cult member. One of the two. At any rate, it’s just never been my thing. And I have enough disposable shit made in China in my home as it is.

Of course it’s not like the average PC is built by your dad and your uncle Eddie at the plant down the street either. In fact there’s very little in this country that’s actually built right down the street by people you know. In reality, every little piece of crap you buy and have at home is made by a company like this somewhere in China.

“Foxconn’s e-mailed statement answers the claim by labor rights group China Labor Watch that thousands of workers went on strike at a Foxconn factory yesterday, bringing some iPhone 5 production lines to a halt. The labor watchdog group said 3000 to 4000 workers refused to work at a Foxconn complex in Zhengzhou because of increasing quality controls as well as an order to work through a week-long national holiday that began on Monday.

Foxconn, for its part, says employees who worked through the holiday volunteered to do so and were paid three times their regular hourly rate. The company also says the only issues with workers occurred October 1 and 2 and were “immediately addressed and measures taken, including providing additional staff for the lines in question,” Reuters reports.

Foxconn also says reports of a strike are inaccurate and that work hasn’t stopped at the Zhengzhou facility or any other. “[P]roduction has continued on schedule,” its statement reports.

Even so, Foxconn’s Chinese plants have had problems before. Last month, 2000 workers rioted at a factory in Taiyuan after what workers described as aggressive behavior from security guards.

In spite of Foxconn’s claims that everything is just fine, the company has been cracking down on workers to prevent tiny indentations on the iPhone 5—the anodized aluminum on its back and edges is easily scratched and marked, especially on the black model.

China Labor Watch had claimed that a fight between workers and quality-control inspectors resulted in some injuries that sent some people to go to the hospital.” – PC WORLD

Personally, I don’t mind some wear and tear on a device that can send my voice anywhere on the planet. And not if it keeps people from getting into fights and rioting. Besides, all the cool stuff in Star Wars had dents and scrapes. I see nothing wrong with looking like I’m in Star Wars. In my mind.

And you have to wonder what is bad enough for 2,000 people to riot. At work. I’m guessing it’s worse than a stopped up toilet or ergonomically inferior mouse pad. That many people don’t usually throw down unless they’re starving or, worse, they have no women or porn or rights. People always get their underwear in a twist over the rights they have or should have.

I personally wouldn’t want to know how my two-person underpants were made anymore than the people who made them would want to know what I do with them. Although if they did it would probably fill them with pride or at the very least some kind of horrified fascination. I do confess I’ve always had a morbid curiosity about where things come from. Babies. Tumors. Enemas. It’s all part of the rich tapestry that is me I guess.

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2 Responses to “DON’T WORRY, CHINA IS GOING TO GET YOU YOUR FUCKING PHONE”


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  2. October 16, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    I love your hilarious spin on this issue. Thanks for sharing the article – I had no idea this is happening, but I’m sure the worker’s rights are taken advantage of in every way possible. China has a way of creating laws and rules to look good, but enforcing and following them are different stories completely.


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