This isn’t an Apple Fanboy defending the great father from criticism. This is just a reality check – a 60 hour workweek is not a big deal and it annoys me to no end that the mainstream media latches on to a theme to try and make a story where one shouldn’t exist. When I wrote about Apple as the world’s whipping boy a few weeks back, shortly after, the shamed morbidly obese lying activist wanna-be stage actor Mike Daisy actually admitted that he fabricated the “horrors” of the FoxConn plants assembling Apple products (along with products for dozens of other companies that don’t get a mention because, well, Apple’s the most popular company in America right now).
Well, even after this admission and a general realization (or complete naivety) that Apple products are assembled by low-skilled/low-wage workers overseas, the media is still looking for link bait. So, the latest horror includes a whopping 60 hour work-week from the NY Times. Things like unsafe workplaces, child labor, abusive managers – now those are things that we should be concerned about. But a 60 hour workweek??? I know tons of people working more than that in America (the same population that is so shocked by this revelation in China). As I wrote about recently, I used to routinely work 60-100 hours a week in a factory myself. Granted, I wasn’t assembling iPhone, but I was on my feet, in charge of pretty serious stuff and I did this across nights, weekends and I did it for years. I survived. I made a good name for myself and a heck of a lot of extra money (at least I thought it was at the time), but nobody was crying foul then?! The Wall Street crowd? Doctors? Lawyers? They all work crazy hours. My buddy who’s a creative ad executive? He literally works 12-14 hours a day 5-6 days a week. Evidently, all the criticism has forced FoxConn to lower their max workweek to 49 hours, which is less than most American full-time employees put in.
I’m just confused as to why this notion of a 60 hour workweek is somehow shocking. Or maybe it isn’t and the media realizes it’s a slow news cycle so they’re trying to create a story where they thought on existed.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Should Governments Impose a Maximum Hours Per Week?