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

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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15 Comments

2. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 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!!"

5. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

9. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

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

4. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 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

6. Aeires unregistered

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

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

10. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

A mature one too +1

8. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

14. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

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

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

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

13. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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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