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09-12-2012, 03:29 AM #1
Undercover Reporter Works at Foxconn Assembly Plant for a Week and Shares Experiences
The folks over at MICGadget recently translated a report from the Shanghai Evening Post which gave the public more insight into Foxconn’s assembly plants. Here, a reporter went undercover as one of the many people hired to build the iPhone 5. He kept a diary in which he recorded his daily stories. The conditions were so hard he was only able to work for a few weeks before he had to call it quits himself. Below is an excerpt from his diary:
By my own calculations, I have to mark five iPhone plates every minute, at least. For every 10 hours, I have to accomplish 3,000 iPhone 5 back plates. There are total 4 production lines in charge of this process, 12 workers in every line. Each line can produce 36,000 iPhone 5 back plates in half a day, this is scary … I finally stopped working at 7 a.m. We were asked to gather again after work. The supervisor shout out loud in front of us: “Who wants to rest early at 5 a.m !? We are all here to earn money ! Let’s work harder !” I was thinking who on earth wants to work two extra hours overtime for only mere 27 yuan (USD$4) !?
Source: MICGadget via Shanghai Evening Post
09-12-2012, 04:36 AM #2
It must have been horrible for this guy to actually WORK for once in his life!! If he has time to be "going undercover", he either 1. Has plenty of money and time on his hands from the work his parents and/or grandparents put in during their life. Or 2. He has one of the relatively very few "civilized (easy) jobs" available on this planet. Not all of us can write stories, make movies, sing songs, etc. Or 3. He is a "reporter", pretending to work hard so that he can benefit and profit from the story he will write about how these people actually live.
In the real world... You apply for a job, you hope to get hired. If you are lucky enough to get hired...You put your head down, do what you are told, and you get get paid. It's as simple as that.
Those workers probably loved the fact they were getting overtime. The fact that the "undercover agent" didn't want to work more isn't surprising....He is used to working a little, for a lot... Not working a lot, for a little.
Who is he, who is ANYONE to say what is right, and what is wrong. Some people's lives suck, thats just the way it is, and always will be. Just be grateful you have the job and life that you do, and be even more grateful you don't have to live the way some do.
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09-12-2012, 05:03 AM #3
How can anyone ever expect to things like an iPhone to be made in America again? "They" always talk about reversing outsourcing in the news but you can't hire people for $2 an hour here. What can/should be done in the future to curb this? Money talks loudest unfortunately.
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09-12-2012, 06:00 AM #5
I lost 4 jobs due to outsource. Big companies want big profit. Apple wouldn't be worth billions and billions if they are not paying pennies to the dollar for labor. 'MERICA?!
09-12-2012, 06:15 AM #6
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09-12-2012, 06:18 AM #7
I was thinking who on earth wants to work two extra hours overtime for only mere 27 yuan (USD$4)
This is where a Union would come in handy !!!
09-12-2012, 07:09 AM #8
And of course we're looking at all of this from outside of the country. For these people in that region it certainly is better than no job at all making no money at all. So who are we to judge? This "story" is just another sensationalist article designed to sell papers/news/web views without telling the whole story. Oh, and of course, it helps if you can "blame Apple" for yet another horrible thing! Can't wait until the masses are numb to all of these "blame the world's woes on Apple" stories, I am definitely sick of them already.
As for American workers, I know a few people who won't take minimum wage jobs because they feel they are "beneath" them, choosing to sit at home, earn 0 dollars per hour, and *****, whine and moan. Meanwhile they watch the Karda$hians, idiots who earn millions of dollars, and feel they should be making the same for as little effort. It's a shame the US has it so ***-backwards.
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09-12-2012, 07:29 AM #10
The exchange rate is misleading. When you live on site and have so much provided by the company, it factors heavily into what makes a livable wage.
09-12-2012, 08:19 AM #11
I'm glad you're enjoying your apple product so much that you stopped caring about people's rights.
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09-12-2012, 08:40 AM #12
Thank you to all the hard workers who assembled this iPhone from which I type... Im truly grateful for their time and energy... I hope they're able to support a modest life for the long work days/weeks... I can't compare the cost of living differences between Hawaii and China, I might be considered "Poor" based off my income and the high cost of living expenses in Hawaii but I get by and am content with what I receive for my hard work... I hope those workers are paid enough to get by...
I would even pay more for made In China things if it meant that Chinese workers got paid considerably more...
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09-12-2012, 09:26 AM #16
Outsourcing only benefits the shareholders, who get an even bigger profit. Consumers get nothing, they still pay the same for their iPhone, even though it is cheaper to produce. Apple employees still get the same salary even though the company earns more. See how wrong all of that is, at least to the consumers and the working people.
09-12-2012, 09:42 AM #17
I'm sorry, but your copious use of exclamation points and capitalization only serves to punctuate your ignorance.
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