Every couple of months when news is short, not one it seems, but a slathering of muck mongering journalists and bloggers resort to the same old tired story that Apple kills workers in China. As there was today, even by CBS. Haven’t they got anything else to do? This story has been running on and off for over two years now.
The first part of the truth that is missing from these stories is that almost every single US consumer electronic device is made in China. So are these journalists carrying stories about Kindle’s killing Chinese workers? Maybe your television set? What about your cordless phone. Your microwave oven? Why no stories about Acer laptops killing workers in China.
The truth is that almost without exception, US electronics companies ship off their assembly of devices to China because of its cheap labour. They all know that workers in China sleep in cardboard boxes and commit suicide at a rate that would appall anyone with any sense of decency. They know these workers work more than 60 hours per week. They know they have no leave entitlements. They know how atrocious and hazardous the working conditions really are. That they know all this is truly indecent.
But this is not about decency, This is about making billions of dollars in profit. If it wasn’t for dying Chinese workers, there wouldn’t be so many bmillions of dollars in profit. So let’s get the story right. The greed for profit by US companies, or more correctly Wall Street, is killing Chinese workers. So why always blame Apple? Because that’s how you write gutter journalism. Ignore the facts, but slam a word that will grab attention in the headline. Hence Apple. Who would bother reading a story about an electric fruit juicer killing Chinese workers?
The other truth is that the exportation of product assembly to China by US companies has killed jobs in the US. With an unemployment rate of 10%, one would have to wonder at the logic. But logic just doesn’t come in to play here. Only profit. So forget about singling out Apple here.
The newsworthy story is that US companies are indeed sending their product assembly to China, and hence to factories where workers do die. But is the real story about how many jobs at home in the US that they have killed?