A new report by the National Labor Committee depicts the harsh conditions of Chinese workers who assemble the machines we are working from… that is if you are using keyboards and other peripherals from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft or IBM.
The study was conducted in a factory – Meitai Plastics & Electronics – located in the South of China and employing 2000 workers. The statistics are rather appalling: workers sit on hard woodenstools twelve hours a day, seven days a week as 500 computer keyboards an hour move down the assembly line or one every 7.2 seconds. They are allowed 1.1 seconds to snap each key into place, repeating the same operation 3,250 times an hour, 35,750 times a day, 250,250 times a week and over one million times a month….
A number of NGOs across the world have been shedding light on this issue for the past few years. Isn’t it time for us consumers to ask for corporate social responsiblity to be globalized?