Whether it’s your cherished iPhone, Nokia cell phone or Dell keyboard, it was likely made and assembled in Asia by workers who have few rights, and often toil under sweatshop-like conditions, activists say.
By the time a gadget reaches Apple’s flagship store in NYC, it may have passed through the hands of a heavily indebted Filipina migrant worker on the graveyard shift in Taiwan and a young Chinese worker clocking 80-hour weeks on an assembly line, at less than a dollar an hour.
Recent years have seen a drumbeat of reports on such abuses: Hourly wages below a dollar. Firings with no notice. Indifferent bosses. Labor brokers that leech away months of a worker’s hard-earned wages. A corporate shell game that leaves no one responsible.