Reporter gets to tour Foxconn's iPad plant and has the video to prove it
posted by Victor H. / Apr 09, 2012, 4:32 AM
Rob Schmitz is the chief of American Public Media’s Marketplace China bureau and he recently got in the limelight by taking a big part in exposing the lies of Mike Dorsay in its “Agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” He appeared on This American Life, and his involvement got him direct and very rare access inside Apple’s Foxconn factories.
very mundane and talks about some issues with supervisors, he reassures us that the Foxconn factory looks more like a college campus rather than a slave camp.Schmitz is preparing a bigger piece about the conditions of workers he saw and while generally he describes their job as
The reporter was amazed with Foxconn factories and campus having basketball courts, swimming pools, and all those conveniences. He also saw workers sitting on stools that have a back rest, so that the long hours of work are more bearable. He also never saw underaged workers.
This however is not a rosy picture of the perfect factory - employees are sometimes forced to work when sick, and occasionally don’t get paid for overtime work. Hit the source link below for Schmitz’s impression of Foxconn and check out the video below to see the iPad being assembled.
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Very interesting video. It really explained a lot. I'm really glad I watched it as it finally clears the misunderstanding people have about their work conditions.
posted on Apr 09, 2012, 4:58 AM 4
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and was that.. was that... an apple logo on a piece of the ipad.. OMG OMG OMG! lol yea, ok now lets get the undercover story, not more officially allowed filmed stories. Because those official films and the reports coming from the workers never match.
posted on Apr 09, 2012, 8:14 AM 1
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The conditions are not bad at all. It's the unions fault these jobs are now in China. The american worker needs to be competitive with the chinese worker,who is now the most productive and affordable worker in the world.
posted on Apr 09, 2012, 10:48 AM 2
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