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Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Silicon sweatshops

Written by Stacey Dove

Taipei - Despite strict “codes of conduct,” labour rights violations are the norm at factories making the world’s favourite high-tech gadgets.

The Global Post reports that hourly wages are below a dollar. Firings occur with no notice. Indifferent bosses. Labour brokers that leech away months of a worker’s hard-earned wages. A corporate shell game that leaves no one responsible.

Such conditions are widespread at the contract factories cranking out some of the most popular gadgets on the holiday season’s gift lists, according to labour rights activists and workers interviewed by GlobalPost.