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  • Foxconn Labor Army Swells to 1 Million

    A DigiTimes report earlier this week noted that Foxconn may begin shipping 400,000-600,000 units of the iPad 2 by the end of February 2011. Foxconn had no comment on the DigiTimes report. But this time around, the prominent Chinese-based Apple partner doesn't need to say much to confirm the hustle and bustle of the assembly season in China.

    On Friday morning, Foxconn confirmed that its Chinese workforce has grown exponentially in recent months, with the number of employees at Foxconn now exceeding one million. But Foxconn isn't satisfied with the size of its present workforce. According to published reports by Bloomberg, the "recruitment drive" continues and likely will until another quarter-million employees find their place on the assembly lines. “We’re still hiring as we speak,” Louis Woo, a special assistant to the chief executive officer, tells Bloomberg. “Because of the Christmas holiday, everybody is working very hard.”

    To blame the rush of the hiring frenzy on the holiday season, however, may be slightly disingenuous. Indeed, Apple needs - in fact, depends on - Foxconn to crank out both current and next generation models of the iPad. Foxconn, the largest private employer in China, has been seriously criticized in the past for cultivating poor working conditions and deplorable pay. In 2010 alone, countless employees (the actual number is believed to be unknown) at the the sprawling Shenzhen factory committed suicide - at the plant. Foxconn, which also manufactures iPhones, iPod and iMacs, not to mention Sony Ericsson and other phones, has come under increasing fire for what labor activists call inhumane conditions at the factory.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn Labor Army Swells to 1 Million started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      WTH - wanna hire me?!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      cool!!! I can't wait for it to come out
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Bank tellers don't have stools...
      I worked at a bank for 15 years. The tellers had nice chairs with long poles, so they could sit up high.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      To bad Apple didn't have a partner in the U.S. just think of the jobs that would be available here!
      If that was here (especially in southern Cali) ,Most of those jobs would be taken by illegals From some place that rhymes with smexico. So it wouldn't be helping AMERICANS much at all, last thing I want is to have the people who remove the snow from my steep drive way in northern utah relocate to work at a big factory.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Fascinating business discussion. As I have stated previously on other posts, I was in this type of business for a large company building C**** products. We sent all of our manufacturing overseas, calling it a 'low cost region'.
    1. unl0cker's Avatar
      unl0cker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      You know, in a bizarre twisted way, the Apple contract Foxconn have, lifts the living standards for all these people, as they are the highest paid manufacturing workers in China, get housing and paid for living conditions. I suppose we can take comfort in that. But we shouldn't be telling any company what they should be charging for their products. As a businessman, you should appreciate that.

      A reason why Apple are different

      MacDailyNews - What Apple has that others lack
      You are so blind man. Wake up...
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      Yes and apple products manufactured there would cost 3 times more.
      Sad but true.
      That's the price you have to pay for cheaper products. Very very sad. I guess at least some people are getting jobs
    1. elsodev's Avatar
      elsodev -
      Made in China lol