Loophole in ‘employee’ definition allows ‘forced interns’ at Foxconn

While Tim Cook and Foxconn look to make improvements to become legally compliant with labor laws after the Fair Labor Association (FLA) could “serious and pressing noncompliance” in Foxconn factories, a group of activists are drawing attention to another labor violation that they say has slipped under the radar...
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41 Comments

19. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Apple users go to Foxxcon, Android users end up at Compal, or some other Chinese factory. What is the difference? Oh wait, you just want to bash Apple.

25. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

just apple? im sure u own something made in china... if not good for u but u r either extremely wealthy or extremely sparse.. in which case u r condemning people for trying to live a "normal" lifestyle...

5. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

These interns are better paid than the majority of the interns in the US... They might be forced to do this, but I would rather be forced to work for money than intern here for free. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/04/02/foxconn-interns-are-better-paid-than-most-american-interns/

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Skidro,let me email you directions to the nearest People's Republic of China embassy. I'm sure they will gladly issue you a permanent visa to become an "intern" in a sweatshop. Be careful what you wish for...for you may just get it.

15. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

I'm not in college to work in a sweat shop. These people are in vocational colleges. They are training to work factories just like this. Their internship is a very good representation of exactly what they will be doing for the rest of their lives

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

There aren interns, and there are co-ops - and no one in the US gets shipped out to a destination determined by someone else and told they will have to drop out of school if they don't.

40. Gusto

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Here mate, i will give you a synonym of "forced labor": slavery. If you prefer that condition, it is up to you.

12. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

This is true and iHope the FLA does something to regulate the treatment of iNterns at Apple Factories. Last year, while finishing my studies abroad, I did an iNternship at one of the Assembly Factories working for free for the EviL EmpiRe; I worked 96-hour shifts and never even got a coffee break. When iComplAined, iWas stripped naked, iWhipped and forced to submit to a cAviTy seArch. No one intervened. I tried to call for help on one of the many iPhones but, unfortunately and surprisingly, there was no available iWiFi network I could use.

26. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I actually really can't be bothered about where my products are made. Half my clothes were propably made in some sweatshop in India or Bangladesh, The beef I eat comes from some ranch in South America where they are currently destroying nature to provide food for the cows. My Smartphone?, probably some factory in some crappy chinese town, who cares. Better working in some factory, than being unemployed I guess. Foxconn is actually quite good with their salaries, so I can't believe its a living hell.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Certain minerals are mined in Africa - minerals that make up components of smartphones - these minerals are highly sought after - so much that wars break out over control of these mines. No matter what you own, more than likely someone died for you to get it. Someone worked for less money... Lives in worse conditions... Works in crummier conditions... ...than anyone of us.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Interesting find I have: Google: 'minerals for smartphones' And you get many selections like this story:http://pochp.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/minerals-for-smartphones-and-ipads-politicized/ China is onto something - then again, they do have 1 billion + people to serve. What happens when we run out?
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