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A Close Look at the Far End of a Global Supply Chain

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We must develop global vision if we are to comprehend the phenomenon of globalization that is stressing and straining the people and resources of the world.

This means that we must learn to look at events happening on the other side of the world and understand how they impact our own lives and fortunes.

The National Labor Committee offers us multiple  opportunities to do exactly that.  Their latest  offering, High Tech Misery in China, is a 60-page report  that takes a uncompromising look at the Meitai factory in Southern China.  The text of the report is highlighted by worker interviews, photographs of primitive dorm and factory conditions, and revealing internal company documents. 

Meitai produces computer keyboards and other peripherals for Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, and IBM by mercilessly exploiting the labor of 2,000 mostly young women workers.

High Tech Misery details the low wages, long hours, and poor working and living conditions that these women must endure.  The report also reveals that Meitai is not some isolated sweatshop but a typical company in China.

High Tech Misery offers a clear view of the other end of one of the supply chains that have been developed by transnational capitalism.  It is easy to see the implications of globalization in this report–offshoring jobs boosts the bottom line of corporations at the expense of workers at home and abroad.

High Tech Misery is hard to look at but it must be done–the worldview needed to combat globalization can only be developed through full exposure to its consequences.

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The NCL website offers numerous excellent reports and the opportunity to get involved and support their work.  Check it out.