Apple sources these manufacturing jobs to countries like China purely from the cost advantage point.
That is not necessarily true.....http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business...?pagewanted=all
The US simply does not have the infrastructure in place for an extremely rapid ramp up on production that can be accomplished in China.
However, there are some very important things to consider in this debate.
1. The culture in China is very different than in the US. Most Western culture tends to be individualistic, favoring the individual over the family. In the Far East, the family is considered to be the most important. Many of these workers are making contracts with companies like Foxconn in order to raise money for the *family*. They consider a couple years to be a small sacrifice for the good of the family. Also, this country is slowly working its way out from being a communist dictatorship.
2. The standard of living in China tends to be much lower than here in the states. The workers might be making very low wages compared to the US, but those same workers will probably never drive a fully armor plated Hummer H2, like in the US. The wages they are making are decent, especially considering that many of these workers are coming from areas of extreme poverty.
3. The workers are lining up for these jobs. I don't remember where I read it.
4. Foxconn is employing over a million workers. Yes these suicides are terrible, but the percentage rate of suicides is not out of line. How many suicides do you hear about in the US from factory workers? Accidents (like the explosion last year) do happen occasionally, and Foxconn is not going to escape that reality.
Why not consider what the Chinese themselves think of the working conditions?http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/26/2746288/...s-apple-foxconn
Here is a hard truth, one that is inconvenient for many to consider: These reports about Foxconn come out mainly because they are affiliated with Apple. The fact is that Apple has probably some of the best working conditions of any of the companies that manufacture over there. Apple audits these companies, and trains their workers- workers that are not even employed by Apple! Apple is leading the charge to help get better working conditions for these workers!
Unfortunately, the hype is not mirrored by reality. This "story" is merely old news rehashed. Many will not take the time to truly research the entire situation, but merely react to the story with their pre-conceived notions of how things "should be."