From: "Spehro Pefhany"
Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
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Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 19:57:33 GMT
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In comp.arch.embedded Jonathan Kirwan wrote:
> Workers' faces (mostly women) were silent, eyes downcast, limbs moving
> quickly and robotically.
Ever been in a needle trade "schmattas" factory in North America? They
call them sweatshops for a reason.
> The report talked about a notorious "36 hour
> shift" where they must continuously work for a day and a half without
> going home.
Sounds extreme. Presumably they get a nap.
> When the reporter, acting as a London fashion buyer in
> 2001, asked about his concerns, should he should want to place a
> last-minute order, he is told that "we'd just make the workers stay
> I seem to recall the reporter saying that the wage was 72 pence/day.
> I think that was about US$1, or so.
Very low, but the rupiah has been in the toilet (around 10,000/USD) since
the Asian meltdown in 98 (and not-so-coincidentally when they started
murdering ethnic Chinese- hated for similar reasons to why Jewish people
were hated in Europe). It's a high risk, relatively high cost (import
duties, baksheesh and other corruption etc.) environment, IMHO. This is a
country that outsources it's customs collection to foreigners in order to
control corruption. Foreign investors probably want to see their capital
cost covered in 12 months to risk it.
>>Where's this $100/week coming from, for example? Besides, their quality is
>>relatively low, they probably waste 7% of raw materials overall. Dealing
>>only in full container loads of stuff does add to the efficiency though.
> The wages and work conditions seem to say a lot, anyway.
The workers are (generally) free to leave. The conditions and pay in
factories are far better than what they'd be in the fields, believe it or
not. Multi-nationals are pushing for better fire safety practices (usually
the laws are already in place, but they may not be followed if it is
cheaper to slap a few bills in the hand of the inspector). The "Disney"s
of the world don't give a rodent's hindquarters about the workers welfare
themselves, of course, they just don't want to see a "60 Minutes" news
team reporting on how 500 poorly-paid (by US standards) women were burned
alive (sewing stuffed (C) toys) because all the doors were locked to
prevent theft. They have their own inspectors.
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