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Old 09-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #209
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Originally Posted by Sil_liS View Post
My point was that Samsung is an Apple supplier as well.


Have you read the report for this one?


This doesn't make any sense. If they are concerned by child labor how exactly do they say that a child of 14 who falsified her age to get employment was fired for no reason? And how exactly did she fell down the stairs for two months? How did they deduct days for sick leave if she didn't get sick leave?
If we apply our grey cells and a little bit of knowledge of the situation on the ground to this case we can see this "report" has more holes than Swiss cheese. The only possible way a 14-year-old could sneak into a company like Foxconn to work is if she looks a lot older and has a really authentic looking fake ID. (in that case how can you blame Foxconn?) There is not a chance in hell that she would get to work there with no ID. They have no incentive to hire children. They would NEVER hire someone without an ID. What if that person stole something, how do you find them? What if they commit some other crime harming a third person in the factory? The starting wage is what it is (if you know anything about the logistics of a big factory (and this one has 400,000 people!) you would understand that it is impossible to have special rules for special cases or the whole thing becomes totally unmanageable. A 14-year-old can work less hard than an 18-year-old and has acquired fewer skills. Companies like Foxconn have inspectors running around all the time (from the local authorities, from their customers, from third parties). That she is, in fact only 14 has not been ascertained. A good reporter could easily do the research and locate the records in the girl's home town. This reporter was a real sloppy one.

As for the mistreatment, that sounds equally unlikely. My guess is that doctors have examined her and found her claim to be fake. (Believe it or not, it happens quite often that employees fake an illness to get a few days off. Companies have to check the claims, that is only fair). If she doesn't agree with that she would just have to walk out of the factory gates and grab one of the few dozen lawyers that congregate there at all times, those lawyers are eager to sue the company and make a quick buck if there is any validity to such a claim at all. In the last 2-3 years the tide has really turned and most cases are decided in favor of the workers by the labor authorities.

I also want to mention that a number of these reporters lately have later admitted to writing a great part of their stories from hearsay, without talking directly to many of the "victims".

But I know, it was on the internet, so it must be true!

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