04/18/2010

Microsoft outsourcing in China … sweatshop

In The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour, we have an awful image of what workers at KYE Systems factory at Dongguan, China undergo in order to make products for Microsoft, among other companies.

Sure, MS is distanced a bit by not operating what amounts (at best) to a sweatshop itself — but can Microsoft really not know? Is that what we are to believe? After all the other companies who "learned" after the fact that the overseas companies who were producing their goods were staffed by poorly-treated and poorly-paid workers?

If you must cart your jobs overseas to lessen your costs (concurrently making our country poorer), here's a word for you:

OVERSIGHT

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