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  • New Foxconn Report Rattles Apple Yet Again


    It's the saga Apple can't escape.

    On Monday, headlines once again directed the global spotlight to Foxconn, Apple's manufacturing partner, in response to an eye-opening new CNN report that depicts iDevice factory workers in less than favorable or even safe working conditions.

    As MMi and others have reported in recent weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to be outraged by the wave of similar reports and determined to do something to curb their frequency - in addition, of course, to the underlying activities that prompt such headlines in the first place.

    According to the findings of the latest CNN investigation, one woman (Miss Chen) works at least 60 hours per week assembling iPad components in China. Incredibly, however, the woman says she has never actually seen a fully-assembled iPad.

    The 18-year-old student from a village outside of the southern megacity of Chongqing is one of more than one million factory workers at a Chinese company that helps manufacture products for Apple Inc.'s lucrative global empire, which raked in a record $46.3 billion in sales last quarter.
    At the factory in which Miss Chen works (her name was changed to protect her identity), Foxconn employs thousands who work day or night shifts. CNN, along with the findings of other media organizations, says most workers eat and sleep at company facilities, where Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft electronics are built.

    Chen says she's not allowed to talk to any reporter or "criminal liability shall be investigated according to law."

    Still, the young woman admits that life inside Foxconn is anything but pleasant. "During my first day of work, an older worker said to me, 'why did you come to Foxconn? Don't ever think about it again and leave right now'," said Chen. "Foxconn employees have a saying, 'they use women as men and men as machines.'"

    To read the full report from CNN, click here.

    Source: CNN
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Foxconn Report Rattles Apple Yet Again started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cellular View Post
      Then don't buy the product if you can't pay your rent...common sense?
      I think that was his point. People would quit buying Apple products if they increased prices, so Apple will keep manufacturing in China.
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      These people also have the option not to work there, and no I'm not saying I agree it's ok to have people working in those conditions....
    1. jake505710@gmail.com's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      I was kinda wondering that too. I also work 60 hour weeks. Where's my CNN article?

      I'm not suggesting Foxconn is a great and happy place to work, but if they're going to claim unfavorable working conditions, then they need to at least cite specific examples that aren't commonplace in America.
      do you own a car? your richer than more than half the people on the planet.... these people at foxconn maybe work 60hours a week, just like you? do you make less than 1$ an hour. shut up u live in paradise compared to these people, watch the cnn video this lady hadn't been to a restaurant in many years....cant afford a meal out for 10years. whens the last time you went to denny's? thats why people hate americans, its your entitled attitude, i am embarrassed to be from the same country as you.
    1. kaepora's Avatar
      kaepora -
      To clarify "most workers eat and sleep at company facilities"

      I believe the particular factory being referred to is Shenzen, often refered to as FOXCONN CITY. Wiki article below:

      "Foxconn City" or "iPod City". Covering about 1.16 square miles (3 square km), it includes 15 factories, worker dormitories, a swimming pool, a fire brigade, its own television network (Foxconn TV), and a downtown complete with a grocery store, bank, restaurants, bookstore, and hospital
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      do you own a car? your richer than more than half the people on the planet.... these people at foxconn maybe work 60hours a week, just like you? do you make less than 1$ an hour. shut up u live in paradise compared to these people, watch the cnn video this lady hadn't been to a restaurant in many years....cant afford a meal out for 10years. whens the last time you went to denny's? thats why people hate americans, its your entitled attitude, i am embarrassed to be from the same country as you.
      Short fuse much?

      I know working conditions at Foxconn aren't good. I even alluded to that in my post. I was simply pointing out that they could have found MUCH better examples of the bad working conditions than what was in this mmi article. If the point of the article was to make us feel bad for them, it missed the mark completely.

      Maybe you need to spend a little bit of time off your soap box and increase your reading comprehension a little.

      Geez.
    1. PorthosPirate's Avatar
      PorthosPirate -
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      do you own a car? your richer than more than half the people on the planet.... these people at foxconn maybe work 60hours a week, just like you? do you make less than 1$ an hour. shut up u live in paradise compared to these people, watch the cnn video this lady hadn't been to a restaurant in many years....cant afford a meal out for 10years. whens the last time you went to denny's? thats why people hate americans, its your entitled attitude, i am embarrassed to be from the same country as you.
      You used a computer or mobile device to type that, where was it manufactured and assembled? Step down off your hobby horse.

      And most of the people that "hate americans" do so for religious reasons, not because of any entitled attitude. Perceived entitled attitudes are why some americans hate other americans.

      Oh... also have to say that I just love that there is a big on the box next to the Foxconn name. Nice to know that China wants everyone else to respect their intellectual property
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      This topic has come up before and once again, it will fade away and nothing will change. Corporations only care about one thing, profits. NEXT!
    1. Crazyj29's Avatar
      Crazyj29 -
      I as well work 60 hours a week and also sleep at my job every once in awhile. But I have a choice to be there or not.