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Microsoft, others accused of breaking 'every single labor law in China'

By Matthew ยท 29 replies
Apr 14, 2010
  1. The National Labor Committee has released a new report accusing Microsoft and other tech giants of -- get this -- abusing Chinese workers. It's said that the software company has contracted a factory owned by KYE in Dongguan, China that uses up to 1,000 students aged 16 to 17 during the summer as part of a "work study" project.

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  2. Welcome to capitalism.
  3. The photo is a little misleading. From business associates familiar with China, work break
    "naps" are common. The article, and the associated photo lead the reader to believe
    the women have been worked so hard, they fell asleep.
  4. I wish we had nap breaks at work.
  5. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    They have to nap after 15 hours of work that doesn't leave a lot of time for sleep
  6. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Don't be pretentious. Go throw out every one of your belongings made under poor working conditions. Then enjoy living in the woods naked.
  7. "welcome to capitalism" ???

    China is communist and that is why they have laborers at $0.60/hour dip$hit

    No mention of Apple? EVERYTHING Apple sells is made in the same plants, in the same area of China.
  8. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Posts: 105

    $.65 an hour is about how much I make from newspapers, for goodness sakes they're students... anyways it's USD currency they're getting paid with I assume so it ain't that bad.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Way to go Murdock. He owns newspapers and the dow jones, the circus owner. Guess what, Rupert. WIth Obama's medical bill you have to pay your paperboys medical benefits. Better get out your Kindle.
  10. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 187   +10

    Pass on the savings!

    Eh, I have no problem with this. If we were to only use labor in the US, a single mouse might cost well over $200 USD just to pay for the workers benefits and all, and still be profitable.

    Anyways, we know that these plants exist in other countries for awhile now, why bring it up now?
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    The usual ugly face of capitalism (provided these accusations are true), as ultimate objective always is to make money at every cost, or rather no/little cost at all ;).
  12. I never liked how the Chine Government system worked. I sometime feel like crashing those ****ing bastards like ****ing rats.
  13. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 307

    I think all theses companies should be forced to pay the same wage in other countries...then maybe .. just maybe they wouldn't be so quick to move all our jobs overseas!!
  14. Do they have labor laws in China? LOL

    Kidding, but, that photo looks very fake IMO. And, anyway, China is very well known to be very "flexible" with labor laws and salary pays, so, if every company does that, why can't M$??
  15. nazartp

    nazartp TS Booster Posts: 178   +13

    And should that happen, you would not be able to afford a computer at all...

    Sorry buddy, but the only reason for your standard of living is the use of comparative advantage principle. You take it away and you will be growing your own potatoes and sewing your own shirts.
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,434   +413

    Dear Human Race:

    You can easily stop all of this horrible treatment of workers. Just build robots to do everything, and there will never be labor issues again, and you can still buy your widgets at remarkably low prices. The alternative is higher prices and having less, you don't want that now do you?


  17. Ok, i get it, but why did you use a pictures of the workers passed out on their work stations? its hilarious lol
  18. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    Vrmithrax that was Awesome!!!
  19. NO NO and just NO if this stuff was made in the USA and say they had to pay workers $12h- but was made faster and better with more automated equipment. the item say a mouse mite cost you $10-15 $ more......BUT the CEO and mangemnt would not get those huge bonuses they love. Most pepoel suffer for a few greedy basterds. You think they make stuff in china to save you money HA your a fool
  20. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    I wonder if they really mean ALL the labor laws? Cause I'm sure there must be some obscure law, like not selling congee during the vernal equinox, which they did not violate.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,596   +3,769

    Again, while this seems terribly clever, you haven't taken into account that somebody would have to dig up the raw materials, to build the factories to built the the robots. I doubt that Skynet will happen, since you're probably too busy texting and tweeting from reform school to be bothered with manual labor.

    Anyway, if you want worlds of insight opened to you, try reading Huxley's "Brave New World". Oh, and use your Chinese iPad, so you don't have to be bothered to turn those big heavy pages by yourself.

    Plan "B" would be to read the actual book, and hire an illegal alien to turn the pages for you.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,596   +3,769

    OK Well, The Chinese Built the Railroads Too........

    The trouble with being unable to spell, realizing very little in the way of reading comprehension, having a minimal skill set, and trying to suck your social conscience out of an iPhone, is you get threads like this which are this stupid, pointless, and misguided.

    The trouble with a consumer driven society, is that it will always require somebody to work cheaply to provide goods to the pack of parasites that are the rest of us. Keep in mind also, that when we run out of workers in "emerging nations" to exploit, the fun ride will end. Or, as in "Avatar", we will have to find other worlds to exploit.

    The point you've managed to miss here is this; by paying lower wages, the Chinese (and by extension global corporations like M$), can afford to outbid the rest of the world for energy. Therefore, they still have the ability to "rob Peter to pay Paul" as it were. When in the US and Europe, Peter was tapped out years and years ago by inflated wages.

    This is why there will never be another US Steel plant or another holocaust, nobody can afford the gas bill.
  23. exactly. nothing will be done about this.
  24. These "workers" are not forced to work there. It is their choice to work there. So if they choose to work at a place that pays **** and has **** hours then it's their problem.
  25. The photo is a little misleading. From business associates familiar with China, work break
    "naps" are common. The article, and the associated photo lead the reader to believe
    the women have been worked so hard, they fell asleep..

    @ Poster.....From the photo posted' You can see the young girl hidding to make a phone call or receiving a phone call because it's during the work time..this is definitely not during the nap time.If really it is during the nap time you will see everyone sleeping or either relaxing without doing anything because its very common in chinese factories, they cherish their nap time more since that's the only time to relax and do whatever they have to do . There is no way you can cheat nature. there will be an outcome, 'Terrible one'.
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