Filipino "activists" are boycotting NutriAsia products for bad labour practices. But do they treat their household servants any better?

It remains to be seen whether a call to boycott NutriAsia products, which include many popular and beloved Filipino food brands, will gain any real traction. After all, the call is coming primarily from the chi-chi Filipinos who inhabit "hipster" social media platforms like Twitter.

But if these "online activists" are really serious and want to come across as consistent in their advocacy, they should at least consider the abused labour that goes into the very devices they use to tweet their quaint slogans...
Apple’s main supplier in Asia has been employing students illegally working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, as it struggles to catch up with demand after production delays. 
Six high school students told the Financial Times they routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, which constitutes illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law.
Closer to home, most Filipino middle class households also employ servants. This is also thanks to the low wages paid to these workers many of whom are driven by poverty to migrate to cities and tolerate substandard treatment in Filipino homes.

So low are wages in the Philippines that even lower middle class households can afford to employ servants. Will these Netizen "activists" also boycott the use of servants?

That does not remain to be seen because most Filipino millennials nor their parents can't live without servants.


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