HP Cracks Down on Student Labor in Chinese Factories

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Electrik

“The PC maker issued a new set of rules to its suppliers in China that says all work must be voluntary”

Kids, we want you to volunteer for work so your parents don’t end up in a gulag.

“The new rules also say that any work performed by students "must complement the primary area of study."

Yeah, piecing together laptops in a sweatshop will train them for a future…of piecing together laptops in a sweatshop. Their primary area of study is service to the state.

They’re called “dictatorship” for a reason; humans are just tools for the collective. Here’s a thought; build your machines in the US.

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vrmlbasic

Or at least build them in another low-cost-of-business country and bring 'em to the USA. Shipping from China has to be cost and time prohibitive.

Is a robotic assembly line here in the USA really more expensive than running factories in China and shipping the product 7,000+ miles (and having the Chinese steal your IP)?

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MaximumMike

Unfortunately, humans in China are much less valuable than robots in the US. So, sadly, yes.

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Strangelove_424

Companies do the same thing to our own American students, they just call it an "internship". Free labor to a corporation is like chocolate chip to the cookie monster.

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vrmlbasic

Somehow I don't think they are.

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Jeffredo

Of course they could always assemble them here in factories they own if work place abuses are such a concern.

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MaximumMike

Yea, but that would help the US economy and hurt their bottom line. What incentive would they have to do that. They knew what China was like before they went there. Most companies just want the good PR from a move like this. But they aren't really interested in changing anything. If they were, these would have been conditions for coming to China in the first place, instead of hollow demands to be printed in a news paper after the fact.

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