The next time I complain about my salary I'll try to remember these poor people and just shut the eff up!
SMH.com.au has an article today about the appalling conditions and wages of factory workers in China, who make the majority of Apple & Microsoft products. You can read the article for yourself here.
I think the worst thing about this is how much profit these companies make, yet, they really don't do anything, despite what they tell us, to ensure that the people making these products are duly compensated. It's just wrong. Especially when you consider Bill Gates and his philanthropic foundation, giving away money left, right and centre, yet he can't even ensure the companies he uses to make his products, which make his money, are at least paying and treating their workers properly.
I think in the end though, the biggest problem is we, the consumer. Nobody is prepared to pay full price for things these days, everyone is looking for a discount, and companies follow accordingly by trying to slash their prices as much as possible, while still making money. And I spose the easiest way to do that is to have your product made for the cheapest possible cost, whether that violates human rights or not.
And our appetite for technology is so insatiable that I spose a lot of the big companies have to find ways to be financially competetive. The whole thing is just a poor reflection of the excesses of western society.
What do you think? Does hearing things like this make you not want to buy another piece of technology or anything that has been produced in China (if that's even possible these days!)?.
Do you struggle like I do with the moral ethics of consumerism, and wanting to not contribute to the horrible plight of people less better off than yourself, but still really really want that latest gadget?
P.S. Do you like my post title? Can't believe I haven't seen that one on a news website yet! I'm sure it's been used somewhere though and I just haven't seen it!