Suicides and Sweatshops in the House of Apple

While Apple presents itself as a socially responsible company and is building a utopian, dream-come-true campus for its Silicon Valley employees, the story is far different in China, where iPhones are produced by a contractor, Foxxcon. There, employees live and work in cramped, factory-like conditions and are regularly bullied and mistreated by bosses, driving many of them to suicide. This is the end result of capitalism run rampant – and no amount of reform or legislative oversight is able to curb it.

Read in The Guardian

A protester dressed as a factory worker outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong, May 2011. Photograph: Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images

About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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