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To meet iPhone 5 demand, Foxconn hires workers who then live in dorms with no electricity, running water

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To meet iPhone 5 demand, Foxconn hires workers who then live in dorms with no electricity, running water
Foxconn is not just the largest gadget manufacturer in the world, the Chinese company is also a gated empire living by its own rules with no journalists allowed to look at what’s happening inside. French reporters however managed to spy their way into the iPhone-making fortress that is Foxconn and saw few improvements for worker conditions in the dorms.

Apple promised to fix those issues earlier this year, but fast forward to almost the end of 2012, and little seems to be done.

A 60-minute special airing on France 2 TV station, Envoyé Spécial, showed an undercover look at Foxconn Zhengzhou. Dorms that look like raw projects with no electricity, elevators or running water are where employees live.

The undercover reporters did not meet any underage workers, but there were some of legal age who were forced by school administration to work at Foxconn. Monthly salaries grew earlier but employees are not paid the full sum but charges for house, insurance and food bring wages down.

Envoyé Spécial arrives at the logical conclusion that rushing to get production in line for the iPhone 5 is what’s causing all those problems. With a huge turnover, Foxconn has to recruit people from provinces, often on huge hiring campaigns.

Foxconn has now replied to press inquiries, basically saying it is not perfect, but trying to improve working conditions. We just hope this happens faster. Here is the company’s official statement on this:

“Foxconn takes our responsibility to our employees very seriously and we work hard to give our 1.4 million employees in China a safe and satisfactory working environment. We are mandated by our own strict policies, Chinese government law, and our commitments to our customers to ensure that the highest level of health and safety standards are applied to our operations in all locations throughout China.

As China's largest private-sector employer, we provide compensation and benefits that are much higher than the government-mandated wages and that are competitive with all of our industry peers in every location where we operate.

We are committed to the process of continuous improvement to our workplace policies and practices and we uphold that through regular reviews of our operations by our internal teams, customers, and government regulators and if any areas for improvement are noted, they are immediately addressed. One example of our commitment to this process is the Action Plan that we are currently implementing in areas throughout our China operations following the review earlier this year of some of our operations by the US-based NGO, the Fair Labor Association (FLA). A follow-up review by the FLA showed that we are successfully implementing that Action Plan and we are ahead of the schedule for completion of elements of that program.

Foxconn is not perfect, but we are making progress everyday and we continue to lead our industry in meeting the needs of the new generation of workers in China. That progress is reflected in our success in recruiting and retaining workers and in the reports of the many members of the international media who have visited our operations and who have freely and independently spoken with employees. Our goal is to continue to meet our responsibilities to our customers, to our employees, and to the communities where we operate.”

source: Envoye Special via Engadget

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:06 8

1. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

hopefully, apple will stop manufacturing stuff in china, just like they did with some macbooks
foxconn is really unfair.....
okay, forget about foxconn, how can china allow this to happen to their citizens?
moving the manufacturing to india and the other asian countries is a better idea, if apple thinks that manufacturing in USA is too expensive

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:13 7

3. iamunknown (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

please bring it to india..!! :-D

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:22 2

8. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

yeah bring it to india and then get iPhones in even worst possible conditions EVER! see for ur self what indians did to Nokia phones... now nokia phones made in india, feel like made of paper...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 07:19 2

15. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

i can clearly see what indians had done with nokia...you don't have to tell them..because INDIA is the LARGEST consumer market for NOKIA..!! Indians TRUST NOKIA..!!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 07:25 2

17. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

you are right...without india, nokia could have died...
samsung has surpassed nokia in the smartphone sales in india
but the indians trust nokia more than any other company, especially for the build quality and durability

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 08:11 2

19. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

yeah kid Nokia India did not release N9 - mistake no. 1... mistake no. 2 - it does not advertise 808 PV... mistake no. 3 - it has an idiot like you as it's customer (don't tell me you never brought a Nokia)... topic over

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 22:41

27. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I Think the woman in the picture saw the (possibly hidden) camera

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:13 1

5. wendygarett (unregistered)

China is a communist country, you just cannot them...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:46

11. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

you live in malaysia don't you? The "Berries" are made in malaysia now xD

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:56 1

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

Exactly. That's who we need to look at...china. They allow it to happen.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:12 1

2. iamunknown (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

the article titled "To meet iPhone 5 demand......" and earliar there was an article "Analyst: iPhone 5 Game Over"....!!
PA please tell me who that analyst was..??

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:16 1

6. wendygarett (unregistered)

Pa just do their jobs...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:42 2

10. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

i have no idea why he said that......he is not a good analyst, we can do his job better than him

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:13

4. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

PA, you make a flop after flop, you just can't get enough, hm? "Foxconn is not just the largest gadget manufacturer in the world, the Chinese company..." Foxconn is (luckily)a Taiwanese company, not Chinese. It may be the largest Chinese employer, but still Taiwan is not China. Let's hope it will never be.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:50

12. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

and such complaints don't come from the other manufacturing units of foxconn(in the other countries)
china is allowing this to happen

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 06:18 1

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

and this is why apple will not bring most jobs back to the US.. when this i allowed in other countries.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 07:22

16. galokjai (Posts: 36; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

so you are saying China has the decision on where Apple products are made in?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 07:32

18. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

lmfao... Considering Samsung sells more phones than Apple, the sensational headline is hilarious.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 10:38

21. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

even samsung fases such problems, samsung uses child workers to meet the huge demand
but samsung doesn't make too many headlines when it comes to manufacturing because they manufacture their products in india and korea and these two countries don't allow companies to exploit their workers......even foxconn does that only in china

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:01

26. Droiddoes (unregistered)

WOW. Let's make people live and work in sub human concentration camp conditions all so a bunch of spoiled rotten entitled teenagers can have a sub par novelty phone by christmas. What a disgusting vile company.

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