As Apple continues to lobby against the Uygher Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill intended to punish Chinese companies that utilize forced labor from the persecuted Muslim minority group, the Washington Post has just rolled out a lengthy investigation, conducted in partnership with a human-rights group, exposing Apple suppliers’ links to forced labor.
Breaking news that threatens to revive the outrage over the fraught ethical status of Apple’s supply chain. 10 years ago, when stories about Foxconn’s labor abuses first emerged, coverage seemed to focus on macabre stories of long shifts, low pay and suicide nets strung up around manufacturing facilities to stop workers from leaping to their deaths.
Over the past ten years, as China’s currency has appreciated and its economy has continued the (state-orchestrated) transition toward a more “developed” services-based economy, wage-growth has accelerated and stories about labor abuses in the “People’s Republic” have tapered off.
As cheap labor disappeared, China’s manufacturers have, according to WaPo, turned to forced labor in the form of Uyghers and, presumably, others entangled in China’s penal system….
Prisons provide a huge labor force in the USA as well, but for different reasons. In china the rising middle class reduced the availability of wage-slaves. In the USA the collapsing middle class can’t afford to purchase goods produced by well-paid labor. The situation will worsen as chinese imports become more expensive due to the deliberate destruction of the dollar. Only refugees from US corporate plunder in latin america will shore up the delusions of the “free world” for a time.
But it’s ok, biden will restore order, before he emigrates to china. That’s why gun control is so high on his agenda.