Why does the rest of the world supposedly dislike the USA??? Funny … I bet the Foxconn employees would say they dislike the USA because we try to apply our rules of employment against them. This article discusses how the employees at Foxconn are upset because they are only allowed to work 36 hours of overtime per month versus 60 hours of overtime. Foxconn produces iPads, iPhones, and other Apple products that the world enjoys and spends significant money to build the need for these hours. Let us see…
60 hours of overtime per month means 15 hours per week or a 55 hour work week.
36 hours of overtime per month means 9 hours per week or a 49 hour work week.
Yes… We have decided the employees should not be ALLOWED to work the hours they wish to work. There was nothing that showed Foxconn was FORCING the employees to work. Nay! The employees were OFFERED the opportunity to earn extra money for themselves and their families. But, we… Led by our media that deems itself the harbinger of all that is right and just…. WE decided it was inappropriate for someone to choose to work 55 hours per week.
Are you kidding?! I worked a minimum of 12 hour shifts for 6 days per week in Afghanistan PLUS 6 hours on the 7th day. That equates to a minimum of 78 hours per week. Our civil servants are also working that many hours per week. So… Should we tell them to stop working?
Workers in South Korea have worked hard and made their nation one of the top 11 or 13 nations in GDP (depending on which report you read). They have the highest average weekly work hour rate of ANY industrialized nation. More than 56 hours per week. Yet, they are a great democracy and their citizens standup for themselves over all kinds of issues.
So… What is it we are doing here? Demanding citizens of another nation work fewer hours and are unable to make their lives and their children’s lives better?
Who is it that is making the people around the world dislike us?
Lest we forget that most experts agree that the >20% unemployment in numerous places around the world is EXACTLY what drives terrorism when the citizens feel they have no future, no life.
We have spent the last 40+ years slowly encroaching upon our own citizens’ lives until our citizens are so used to it, they fail to recognize the leviathan has become insurmountable.
Now, we will start the process in other places around the world.
WE NEVER LEARN!!!