Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The last two paragraphs manage to be kind of horrifying and hilarious at the same time.
Hey! How about reducing the fifteen hour days, mandatory overtime, no days off, military style discipline and dormitory living? Nah, why would that be a problem*, it must be evil spirits, and anyway it's not even stastistically anomolous** given the population.
I don't know if you've ever worked on a production line dear blogreader, let me assure you, it's hellish. Still, I'm sure that A) actually they're much better off than they were when they were toiling in the rice paddies and now they can send money home and buy cheap mobile phones and stuff and B) if they reduced productivity by working less/ demanding higher wages Apple would just relocate, leaving them without any jobs at all, so really they're in the best possible situation as it is.
*After all they have that "ferocious Asian work ethic" recently praised by the Economist handily keeping us all awash in easy credit and cheap consumer goods! You know how that work ethic goes, if we let them, they'd be doing even more hours for even less money!
**Though I suspect this is.

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