By Dave Gibson, March 16, 2020
While tech giants often tell the rest of us how we should live our lives, even telling us how we should think (through censorship of any conservative thought), they seem to have to no problem raking in huge profits, while utilizing sub-human labor conditions to produce their pricey gadgets.
Apple, for instance, uses a factory in China, where their iPhones are assembled and where more than 230,000 Chinese laborers work. At this factory, operated directly by Apple contractor, Foxconn in Shenzen, China, more than 500,000 iPhones are produced each day, according to The New York Times.
The other main producer of the iPhone is located in Zhengzhou, China, and employs about 160,000 workers.
How much do these workers make for producing the world’s most popular phone?
However, most other independent sources have the wage much lower (around $2 an hour, and that is dependent upon bonuses), and while Apple does not comment on the working conditions in these factories, all reports show them as truly deplorable.
Typically, factory workers put in about 11 hours a day, six days a week, and at least 25 percent of China’s factory workers live in company-owned facilities, that are little more than WWII-era quonset huts, filled with bunk beds.
Keep in mind that the latest Apple phone (iPhone 11) is being sold at a starting price of $999.00.
So, given these numbers, it’s simple to see why Apple has largely abandoned American workers in favor of what China has to offer.
If working and even living in what amounts to a sweatshop was not bad enough, what recently came to light about an Apple contractor should have Apple CEO Tim Cook, who considers himself a responsible corporate citizen, re-thinking his supply chain … as I said, it should.
On March 7, a scathing report from the Associated Press (AP) on Apple supplier, OFILM, which operates factories in Nanchang, put forth claims of “coerced labor,” in these factories. In other words, slave labor.
It has long been suspected that the People’s Republic of China supplies political prisoners to many factories throughout the country, to work literally as slaves. In this case, it is alleged that the long-persecuted ethnic minority, known as Uighurs, are being delivered to the Nanchang factories, following their stays in “internment camps and prisons where they go through forced ideological and behavioral re-education.”
“If you’re Uighur, you’re only allowed outside twice a month,” a small business owner who spoke with the workers confirmed. The AP is not disclosing the names of those interviewed near the factory out of concern for possible retribution. “The government chose them to come to OFILM, they didn’t choose it,” the AP reported.
Remember, Apple is the same company that, in 2018, permanently removed fiery political and social commentator, Alex Jones’ content, from their iTunes platforms, as did Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Spotify, thus de-platforming Jones, for what social media giant, Spotify deemed “hate content.”
So, at least in Apple’s case, it appears that political opinions with which they do not agree, may be worse than profiting from sweatshop-labor, and from what at least appears to be slavery.