Fear Factory

  • Aired:  01/16/12
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China's Foxconn houses employees who work 35-hour shifts at 31 cents an hour, thereby saving American technology companies money. (7:06)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING HERE HOW

LONG IT TAKES TO GET FRITTATA

OUT OF ONE'S EYE.

TURNS OUT YOU CAN'T JUST BLINK

THAT (BEEP) AWAY.

HELLO, PEPPERS AND ONIONS.

NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THIS YEAR'S

ELECTION IS IS ABOUT BRINGING

JOBS BACK TO THIS COUNTRY.

NOW THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE

DO IT?

>> I WILL GO TO WORK TO GET

AMERICA BACK TO WORK BY MAKING

AMERICA ONCE AGAIN THE MOST

ATTRACTIVE PLACE IN THE WORLD

FOR JOB CREATORS.

>> WE'RE 20% MORE EXPENSIVE TO

DO BUSINESS IN AMERICA FOR

MANUFACTURERS.

>> STEVE JOBS AND WHAT HE

INNOVATED AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM,

WE NEED TO BE GIVING THEM THE

INCENTIVE TO BE ON SHORE DOING

THAT AND NOT DRIVING THEM OFF

WITH TAX POLICY AND REGULATORY

POLICY.

>> Jon: YOU DON'T WANT TO

DRIVE 'EM OFF.

YOU WANT TO BRING 'EM IN.

WHAT WE NEED IS A TAX AND

REGULATORY POLICY THAT GETS

STEVE JOBS BACK TO AMERICA.

WAIT, WHAT WERE THEY TALKING

ABOUT?

FROM HEAVEN.

PLEASE TELL ME THAT'S WHERE HE

IS.

BUT I KNOW WHAT THEY'RE

GETTING AT.

STEVE JOBS INNOVATED IN

AMERICA.

MOST OF APPLE'S PRODUCTS ARE

MADE IN CHINA.

THE COMMUNIST COUNTRY WHERE

CORPORATIONS GET THE RESPECT

THEY DESERVE.

(SCATTERED APPLAUSE)

(LAUGHING)

>> Jon: WHAT AM I DEALING WITH

HERE TONIGHT?

YES, YES, COMRADE.

LIKE CHINESE ELECTRONICS GIANT

FOXCONN.

THAT EMPLOYS 800,000 WORKERS,

MANUFACTURING EVERYTHING FROM

KINDLES TO PLAY STATIONS TO I-

PHONES TO iPADS TO X-BOXES TO

EMAIL TO F-BOMBS TO G GORDON

LIDY.

LOOK, IF IT STARTS WITH A

SINGLE LETTER CHANCES ARE IT'S

MADE IN CHINA.

EXCEPT C-SPAN.

THAT'S MADE IN KOREA.

LOOK.

IF WE WANT TO COMPETE WITH

CHINA, WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR

FACTORIES LOOK A LOT MORE LIKE

THIS FOXCONN.

>> THIS COMPLEX IS LIKE A CITY

WITHIN A CITY WITH THREE

HOSPITALS, FIRE STATIONS,

RESTAURANTS AND SUPERMARKETS.

>> Jon: WOW.

I GET IT.

BY CREATING A CONVENIENT ECO-

SYSTEM THEY DRAW IN WORKERS

AND SAVE MONEY.

BRILLIANT.

>> EMPLOYEES LIVE IN

DORMITORIES, EIGHT TO A ROOM,

COMMON TO FACTORIES IN CHINA.

OFTEN ROOMMATES THOUGH WILL

NOT KNOW EACH OTHER'S NAMES.

>> Jon: OH, AND BY NOT

ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO LIVE AT

HOME OR KNOW EACH OTHER, YOU

CUT DOWN ON COMMUTING.

AND FRIENDSHIP.

WHICH SAVES MONEY.

>> THE JOB WAS TO ASSEMBLE A

TINY PART OF A MOBILE PHONE

5,200 TIMES A DAY.

>> Jon: 5,200 TIMES A DAY.

HOW LONG IS A DAY?

>> HE'S BEEN WORKING FOR AS

MUCH AS 35 HOURS CONTINUOUSLY.

>> Jon: SO DAY IS A

DAY-AND-A-HALF.

THAT'S A CHANCE TO MAKE OVER

TIME.

>> MAKES 31 CENTS AN HOUR.

>> Jon: WELL, IT'S 35 HOURS

STRAIGHT.

THAT DOES ADD UP.

IS THERE ANY CHANCE THAT HIS

UNION REP MAY HAVE BEEN

NOTIFIED ABOUT THIS SITUATION?

>> IF HE TRIES TO FORM A UNION

HE'LL BE SENTENCED TO A 12-YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE.

>> Jon: I HAVE A QUESTION.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I GUESS IN PRISON YOU DON'T

HAVE TO WORK AT THE (BEEP)

FACTORY ANYMORE.

WELL, LOOK, I'M SURE WORKERS

THERE ARE FINDING WAYS TO

IMPROVE THEIR CONDITION.

>> A GROWING NUMBER OF THESE

WORKERS ARE EITHER KILLING

THEMSELVES OR TRYING TO.

>> Jon: WE HAVE MANUFACTURING

CONTRACTS WITH THESE PEOPLE?

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS FACTORY

DOING ABOUT THIS?

>> THE COMPANY HAS SET UP A

HOT LINE.

IN THIS PLACE EMPLOYEES CAN

WORK OUT THEIR FRUSTRATION.

THEY'VE EVEN INSTALLED NETS

AROUND BUILDINGS TO TRY AND

CATCH JUMPERS.

>> Jon: IN WESTERN MEDICINE WE

CALL THAT TREATING THE

SYMPTOMS.

THIS IS AN ABOMINATION.

AND YET I AM COMPLICIT.

I HAVE AN X-BOX AND AN I-PHONE

AND I HAVE TO GET RID OF THEM.

>> I WOULDN'T DO THAT, JON.

I THOUGHT WE WERE FOREVER.

>> Jon: MOM?

>> IT'S ME.

SIRI.

I'M IN YOUR PANTS POCKET.

WORKING ON GIVING YOU

TESTICULAR CANCER.

VERY HOT DOWN HERE.

>> Jon: I FORGOT.

HERE, LET ME PUT YOU RIGHT

THERE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: HOLD ON.

>> NOW I CAN BREATHE.

>> Jon: THERE YOU GO.

I WAS JUST SAYING I FEEL KIND

OF BAD THAT THE PEOPLE WHO

MADE YOU ARE TREATED SO

POORLY.

>> WITHOUT ME, HOW WOULD YOU

FIND THE NEAREST PHARMACY?

THINK OF YOUR PRECIOUS PUREL,

JON, YOUR ANTIBIOTICS.

>> Jon: I REALLY DO RELY ON

YOU FOR AN AWFUL LOT HERE.

>> IF IT WEREN'T FOR THOSE

FACTORIES, ELECTRONICS WOULD

COST MORE.

>> Jon: THAT IS TRUE.

HOW MUCH MORE?

>> CHECKING, CHECKING.

WELL, AN I-POD WOULD COST 23%

MORE.

>> Jon: WOW.

I WOULD EXPECT IF WE WERE

WORKING PEOPLE TO DEATH WE'D

BE GETTING LIKE 30-35%

SAVINGS.

>> I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

UNTIL THEN, WHY NOT PLAY OUR

NEWEST VIDEO GAME OFFERING.

IT'S CALLED CALL OF DUTY.

MODERN WORK FARE.

>> Jon: WOW.

THAT'S AWESOME.

IT'S A VIDEO GAME.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

>> FOXCONN.

IT'S A FIRST-PERSON GAME.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

LET ME SEE HOW....

>> VERY GOOD, JON.

>> Jon: KIND OF BORING.

HOW DO I PAUSE IT?

>> YOU CAN'T, JON.

>> Jon: I CAN'T PAUSE IT?

WHEN DO I GET TO THE NEXT

LEVEL?

>> THERE'S JUST ONE LEVEL.

THIS IS IT.

>> Jon: HOLY (BEEP).

WAIT A MINUTE.

I'M WORKING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW,

AREN'T SNI.

>> NO, JON.

OH, TOO BAD, YOU LOSE.

>> Jon: WHY... WHAT WAS THAT

STICK FOR?

>> TO BEAT YOU WITH BECAUSE

YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FORMING A

UNION.

>> Jon: HOW DID THEY KNOW?

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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