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Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle

By the Guardian

In the Chinese city of Hengyang, we find a fatigued, disposable workforce assembling gadgets for Amazon, owned by the world’s richest manRead full story

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  • Vidya S.
    Vidya S.

    These types of stories are the norm for consumer products in general.

    Maybe I'm speaking ignorantly, but will China ever standup for its workers in a meaningful way, drawing international attention? Perhaps if they spoke up about these conditions - and pressure their regional allies like Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia to do the same - some progress can be made.

  • Whitney Gallagher
    Whitney Gallagher

    This is hard to read. A country willing to subject or better yet let companies within it to treat its people so poorly to let them work and live under inhumane conditions to reach a quota is unbelievable. We should feel responsible because an American company is at the figurehead position.

  • Helen Hoefele
    Helen HoefeleBlogger at HelenHoefele.com

    It seems that these dispatch workers have grown to accept the unbalanced and uncaring working conditions they find themselves in. Yet that doesn't condone Foxconn's behavior, and their willingness to treat their workers as dispensable and taking advantage of their workers' desparation. Glad to see that Amazon is attempting to correct these overseas labor law violations, though it's hard to know how aggressive and proactive they are actually being. So, it is important that the American consumer is

    It seems that these dispatch workers have grown to accept the unbalanced and uncaring working conditions they find themselves in. Yet that doesn't condone Foxconn's behavior, and their willingness to treat their workers as dispensable and taking advantage of their workers' desparation. Glad to see that Amazon is attempting to correct these overseas labor law violations, though it's hard to know how aggressive and proactive they are actually being. So, it is important that the American consumer is fully aware of these issues so they can weigh in with their pocketbooks, or perhaps they are willing look the other way and accept the status quo in exchange for lower prices. It is easy to overlook unfair labor practices when jobs and wages are being provided to people who desperately need them.

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