Labour’s cheap in China, and Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest technology manufacturer, takes advantage of this fact. (Its workers earn a maximum of $1.18 per hour!)
“The root causes [of the problem] are low prices from multinational companies and tight delivery schedules,” said Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch. “Workers are only seen as fitting production needs rather than as … human beings.”
But companies like Apple are turning a blind eye to this issue. Foxconn’s partners are entirely capable of helping Foxconn’s workers, but they say that worker abuse is Foxconn’s problem—not theirs. Apple, for example, spends just nine dollars on labour for every iPad that we spend half a grand on!
If you want to do something about worker abuse, have a look at what makeITfair, a project focused on changing Apple’s behaviour, is doing.