Are you enjoying your iThing guilt-free?

iPhones and iPads are the favoured toys of the political left.  Wrongly Wrongson even made it a condition of writing a political strategic plan for Kim Dotcom.

The Greens, who are against everything, except if it affects convenience like air travel, or iPhones, are deliciously inconsistent when it comes to this.   Where are the protests outside of Harvey Norman calling for all Apple products to be boycotted?




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  • Just a thought …

    This is disgraceful. We should do anything it takes to protect these workers rights…… of course so long as the price of my Ipad doesn’t go up….. then that could be a bridge to far………

  • corporate refugee

    I always get the feeling that when it comes to computers, PC’s are from Mars and I-macs are from Venus.

  • Vlad

    Yes I am happy… this happened in Japan after WW2, and their productivity and innovation made them one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

    It has happened in South Korea, where workers are now well-paid. Vietnam is lifting its prosperity by the same means.

    This has gone on since time immemorial as low wages drive prices and sales and fund investment and higher wages.

    It is a valid process that ultimately benefits people who were once subsistence peons.

    What do you think would happen if we boycotted countries that paid “less than the minimum wage?”

    Their workers would starve and their economies would collapse.

  • oldmanNZ

    The factory, FOXCONN, also makes other brands of phone, and other electronics.

    The issue with iphones is that people all want it on the day it is release, meaning they have to ramp up production in very short period of time ,and this means working around the clock.

  • papagaya

    This is the kind of journalism we need more of, exposing corporations for their mistreatment of workers. This instance will only be the tip of the iceberg. As it is, Apple pays minimal taxes. You’d think the least it could do use a fraction of its massive profit to beef up oversight of its factories.

  • Bruce S

    Well I worked in China on and off from 1990 until 2005 and I can assure you that workers routinely take nap breaks. And 60 hours a week; I’m sure we all know of farmers and their families in NZ who regularly do over 70 hour work weeks. Disgruntled employees – we have plenty of those in unions here too. Just another BBC beat up?

  • OneTrack

    Russel and Handy Andy will be showing solidarity with the FoxCon workers by giving away all their i-devices to Decile 1 schools. And they won’t be using tablets or phones again until they are manufactured locally ( that is their policy, isn’t it) in a workers co-op factory in Ektahuna – KiwiTab and Kiwi-Phone.