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A year after: Foxconn shows first signs of improving working conditions, Apple gets a lot of the credit

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A year after: Foxconn shows first signs of improving working conditions, Apple gets a lot of the credit
Nearly a year passed since the New York Times came up with an eye-opening report about working conditions at Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturer of gadgets for companies like Apple and best known for making the iPhone and iPad. It was no secret that working conditions for overseas workers were far from good after suicides, plant fires and lots of other smaller incidents, but it was the scale of the problem that we had to come to grips with.

A year after, Apple has taken a proactive stand, cutting off overtime work, pushing a salary increase and overall improvements in the conditions of those thousands of overseas workers. And the first fruits are starting to show.

In a follow-up report, the New York Times confirmed reduced working hours and better wages, all happening after a meeting between a top Apple executive and Foxconn execs.

Working and living conditions both have to improve, though, as Foxconn factories are cities on their own with thousands of employees. While the company is quickly introducing more robots in manufacturing, it has also brought more comfortable chairs for the workers and automatic shut-down for some of its machines.

While Foxconn makes electronics for all sorts of companies, it was Apple who took the lead and pushes the reforms. “The days of easy globalization are done,” an anonymous Apple executive explained. “We know that we have to get into the muck now.”

And that’s a good thing.

source: NY Times

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posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:12 1

2. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

First off, all those poor Chinese people in the photo-op' are under the age of 18.
Secondly, they were paddled with iPads and forced to stand there and strike-a-pose;
the yearning empty looks on their faces say it all, "Please help us!!"

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:30 2

5. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

what they get food a place to live healthcare and more money

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 16:45 1

9. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

Man shutup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:26 1

4. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

next time you buy a cheap korean made phone think about how bad the workers have it for your phone to that of apples

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:43 1

6. Aeires (unregistered)

Until all third world countries are elevated to at least second world status, easy globilization will continue.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:09 12

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 888; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Well if this is true, i take my hat off to you Apple, well done. (android lover)

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 16:46 4

10. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

A mature one too +1

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 11:22 2

8. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I hope everyone knows that Apple only did this because it doesn't want negative press affecting the sales of their products. Apple did this for Apple, not Foxconn employees.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 18:38

14. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

What else do you want to be happy, Tim Cook starting to adopt them?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 17:25

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)

i would kill myself or jump over the building if i had to wear a shirt like that. I feel sorry for those workers. Even when they can't socialize or react to each other when they are not allowed too.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 17:38 4

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

Good news........really good news :)

Hats off to apple for taking responsibility upon themselves and recognizing for ONCE, that its not always about making a dollar

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:42

13. tiara6918 (Posts: 1495; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Finally workers at foxconn are getting a better treatment from their work, but how about samsung?

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 10:29 1

15. cripton805 (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

At Samsung, it was never reported that people commited suicide vs. going to work... If you're willing to die rather than work, sh*t must be pretty bad.

The lady that passed away from breast cancer knew she had it for three years and chose to work. It's also not proven she got breast cancer from the factory. Stay at home moms get breast cancer. It's sad, but its the truth.

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