“Life is meaningless,” said Ah Wei, his fingernails stained black with the dust from the hundreds of mobile phones he has burnished over the course of a 12-hour overnight shift. “Everyday, I repeat the same thing I did yesterday. We get yelled at all the time. It’s very tough around here.”
- 80% of assembly line workers work standing up, sometimes 12 hours a day, 6 days a week
- 86% of workers live in dormitories with 8-10 per room
- Making friends is hard since they are not allowed to chat on the line
Funny, I didn't hear Steve Jobs talk about these particular features of his super-duper new iPhone 4G the other day.
In publishing, we're supposed to be, oh I don't know, a little more thoughtful about issues such as these, aren't we? Funny, but all I'm currently hearing is pretty superficial fanboy-style trashtalk about the new iPad. Where's our social conscience gone?
News reports increasingly suggest the workers themselves are becoming restless. I predict we're approaching the end of the cheap labour era...
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