Idiot complaints about Apple’s Foxconn
THERE are reasonable complaints one can make about conditions in the Foxconn factories that make all of Apple’s kit (and most of those for Microsoft, Dell, HP and so on). Excessive overtime, short holidays and so on.
Then there are truly idiotic complaints one can make such as this:
a living wage for Chinese workers, whom it says are paid half the salary of workers in Foxconn’s Brazilian factory,
GDP per capita is twice in Brazil what it is in China. About, roughly speaking you understand, $12,000 a year to $6,000 a year. So the difference in wages is pretty much what you would expect. Half the wages in a country half as rich.
We do think it’s pretty awful that there are farmers out there trying to scrape a $1 a day living from their Third World fields. But we don’t then turn around and insist that they should be paid the £25,000 a year that British farmers get, do we?