Apple stuff made by ickle Chinese children while irate Mexican workers burn down Mac factory
Attention Apple users! You probably think you’re so smug don’t you, with your iPods and your iPhones and your this and that and the sleekly-designed other. Well you’re not. Because all of your aesthetically-pleasing gizmos are built by CHILD SLAVES!
Yes, they’re ALL assembled in Far Eastern caves by 999 blind nine-year-olds who work at lightning speeds for fear of getting a good hiding from the riding crop of the evil henchman who runs the gaff.
Suicide rates are at an all-time high and work-related stress statistics are so huge that they cannot be accurately measured. And all of this so that you can play Peggle on your frigging iPhone on the bus to work in the mornings. Still feeling smug are you? Well?
Of course, we’ve exaggerated just a smidgeon there, but the truth is that child workers have been discovered to be earning illicit corn working for Apple in their Chinese manufacturing plants. Eleven 15-year olds to be precise, as discovered during an Apple audit of its supply companies. The minimum work age in China is 16.
In fact, it’s all going a bit tits up for Apple at the moment when it comes to some of their supply sources. A Reuters reporter was allegedly roughed up by guards outside a Foxconn factory in Guanlan, China, where Apple gear is manufactured and Foxconn workers in Mexico recently burned down part of their factory where Macs and iPods are believed to be assembled, because they were pissed off at the management.
Interesting – certainly beats nicking the stationary and making your toilet breaks drag out for longer than is really necessary.