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October 8th, 2013, 13:18
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
b) In certain branches there are simply less jobs than unemployed. Just think about all the production helpers whose jobs have been moved to China.
c) At the moment the mantra is "Everybody has to work for his/her own living." But is this fair for people who can't realistically hope to find a job or who have a low wage job which has to be upgraded by wellfare to survive? (Remember that certain countries, like Germany for example, don't have a minimum wage.)
I've been reading an article on Foxconn in Europe.

Yes, in Europe ! They use the same system as in China ! In Europe !

They "collect" unemployed workers who'd have no chance of finding work otherwise, cram them into "hotels" with several people per room ( ! ) - pay them the absolute minimum of money - so few that they can't even survive once they'd quit the job !

What Foxconn does is actually modern slavery. Payed slavery, in fact, with so few of money/wages that the workers are not able to survive outside of Foxconn.

It'd help their lives considerably if they were payed something like "Citizen money". Plus, if this system would spread, there wouldn't be children workers that much in the world, too. Remember, that often rare materials like Sulphur and materials needed for "our" iDevices are mined by poor workers and children in countries of Asia and Africa.

(The article on Foxconn appeared in the German magazine called " c't ", number 21/2013.)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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