mmm.......I find it mildly stupid to say that labor is exploited in China. The title is attention-grabbing. For Americans, 70 cents an hour is shockingly low and screams exploitation for a manufacturing job. Of course it is low but only if you compare it with a comparable U.S. job. But if we compare it with an equivalent Chinese manufacturing job the wages are probably shockingly high. The article, in the interest of balance and context, should have touched on the minimum wage or labor laws and standards of CHINA but it is clear, from the activist tone of the article, that providing context (example: just how many of Foxconn's million-man labor force are underaged) and balance are the least of the author's concerns and it is enough to cite "Daisey" to support it's conclusions. Does she even exist? Is she just a composite figure to dramatize and justify the article? Besides, there are other major factors that shapes cost. The author fails to cite foreign exchange as a factor. We know that the Chinese government pegs an artificial rate between the U.S dollar and the Chinese renminbi. It is intentionally undervalued and not reflective of the strength of the Chinese economy to provide Chinese manufacturers and exporters a huge cost advantage. Then there's also efficiency provided by economies of scale which keep costs down. What about competition from other Chinese manufacturers and other countries like Vietnam? What about corporate taxes and the overall cost of doing business in China?
This is clearly a hatchet job against Apple. I'm not buying it.