Reporter gets to tour Foxconn's iPad plant and has the video to prove it

Reporter gets to tour Foxconn's iPad plant and has the video to prove it
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.

Schmitz is preparing a bigger piece about the conditions of workers he saw and while generally he describes their job as 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.

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.

source: Marketplace via Fortune



1. youmadbro

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LOL! Totally agree!

6. 0o0blackstar0o0

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


2. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

If you look closely, you can see they're Asians

11. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You don't say?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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.

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ah so when a report actually does come out-- as others have that foxconn's factories are no different (maybe better) than the rest of china's, u just refuse to admit it?

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

cool. What was I looking at??

8. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Then what about a suicides, just coincidence?

10. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

If they wanna kill themselves,so be it. Nobody forced them to be there in the first place. As long as products keep being made,who cares? Good riddance,lazy bums.

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