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    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.

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    I don't think I see any Asian people in that picture.

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    To bad Apple didn't have a partner in the U.S. just think of the jobs that would be available here!

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    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!
    Yes and apple products manufactured there would cost 3 times more.
    Sad but true.

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    I'm sure they could have partners here but wages would be way higher than apple would be willing to pay

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    And when China becomes an expensive place to manufacture, India is next in line to take on the slave labor for the world.

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    I know our wages would be more but Apple really doesn't have to make as much money off from each product they sell.... a big company like that should try to help our economy out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    I know our wages would be more but Apple really doesn't have to make as much money off from each product they sell.... a big company like that should try to help our economy out.
    Try ten times more champ, at least. What you are suggesting is communism. And who gets to set the prices then? And why just Apple? Why not all companies that make truck loads of cash from using cheap labor? Should basketball players be paid a set minimum? They make truckloads of cash just for bouncing a ball. They all need to grow a conscience. You try making a product in the US and make it a competitive price without losing your shirt. Most manufacturing in the US is subsidised one way or the other. Look at the auto industry. It just wouldn't be there if tariffs weren't propping it up against cheap imports. Manufacturing in any first world country is doomed without import protection. France subsidises their farmers by a whopping 30% to keep prices low against imported goods. Should taxpayers prop up uncompetitive businesses just for the sake of it?? My business doesn't get any form of protection. Time to get real and see who really runs the world.
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    ^ Any of the big companies should be helping the U.S. out. Can't agree more! And we have a business as well there champ so I know all about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    ^ Any of the big companies should be helping the U.S. out. Can't agree more! And we have a business as well there champ so I know all about it...
    I'm not sure you understand how the business world works, but it's not run on sentiment. As much as I'd like workers in all countries be paid fair and equitable wages, this will always be the status quo. Anyone in California who uses "cheap" labor (you know what I'm talking about) wouldn't dare ask a US citizen to work for peanuts. We're all guilty of exploitation just by what we buy.

    Our business buys and sells IT equipment and most if not all things computer are made in China, Taiwan, Indonesia or Thailand. I don't like it but what choice do I have?
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    I do understand how the business world works... been in business for over 30 years now... we don't only have one business we have four different ones... and yes I feel the same way about all workers getting paid equitable wages....

    Its just all sad when you really think about....

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    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.

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    Yes the standards for those people have got better that is for sure and it sure does make me feel better because we don't take advantage of our employees and take care of them.

    We all have our prices we charge... BUT we do bend to help people all of the time. It has helped us more than it has hurt us in all of the years being in business..

    Many times when we buy things they are made in other countries and no I don't like it when I can't help out our own country that is for sure.

    However I think people are learning that when they buy from these other countries a lot of the stuff they buy is not the quality as in the U.S.
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    I'm sure Apple has American ties....but they are far too expensive and that's why most company's outsource just like Apple. Would you rather pay 15.50 per hour or 5.50??

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    Everybody wants to make a buck and spend a quarter of it.. Everybody complains the iPhone 4 cost to much but the people who buy them with a 2 year contract get them for 200/300 and when the new iPhone comes out next year do u really think they gonna sell it for 200 or try to make a buck on it???.. People r quick to complain when they're the buyer buy when they're the seller they could careless..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    I'm sure Apple has American ties....but they are far too expensive and that's why most company's outsource just like Apple. Would you rather pay 15.50 per hour or 5.50??
    Sorry but I loled at your post, 5.50! Ha that's above what people in the UK earn, Chinese workers are problely getting
    less than 1.50

    EDIT: ok people in the UK get 5.93, that's all so Chinese pay will be a lot lower.
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    I still can't get over the fact that these employees don't have stools. :-(

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    Bank tellers don't have stools...

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    There are MANY jobs here in the US that don't allow the use of a stool, chair or any other furniture. Come on people, that's really irrelevant to this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
    Sorry but I loled at your post, 5.50! Ha that's above what people in the UK earn, Chinese workers are problely getting
    less than 1.50

    EDIT: ok people in the UK get 5.93, that's all so Chinese pay will be a lot lower.
    Actually people in the UK get paid according to their age, which I think is a lot better. From what I remember Londoners are getting around 5.90 for adults 21 and up. Also the pound is always worth more than the dollar so that's a nice vacation if your thinking about taking holiday in Miami!

    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    Bank tellers don't have stools...
    You are quite right. But bank tellers aren't standing dormant for several hours for the whole day in the same exact spot with seldom any breaks either. That's bad on the back! If I was in acute pain for that long in that dreaded place I'd probably impale myself with the longest phillips-head tip I could find as well.
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