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

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:



source: Envoye Special via Engadget





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31 Comments

1. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

3. iamunknown

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

8. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 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...

15. iMacCEO

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 17, 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..!!

17. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

19. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 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

27. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

5. wendygarett unregistered

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

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

23. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

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

2. iamunknown

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 23, 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..??

6. wendygarett unregistered

Pa just do their jobs...

10. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

4. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

16. galokjai

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

18. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

21. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

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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