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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn implicated in further employee abuse

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn implicated in further employee abuse
Foxconn is the Hong Kong subsidiary of the Taiwanese manufacturer, Hon Hai, and can crank out up to 130,000 iPhones per day. A leaked internal report from Foxconn indicates that up to 50% of all Foxconn employees are abused either physically, verbally, or financially. This is a further stain on Foxconn's reputation after their recent employee suicides.

The report states that "Foxconn's labor system is characterized with highly-intensified workload, low payment, violent training, all at the cost of the workers' dignity." Employees, for example, were cheated out of their reported 30% raises from June, receiving no higher than 9.1% raises, and had their bonuses and subsidies taken away.

Interns are also subject to abuse, working over the time of their shifts, and because they work without contracts, neither the government nor the company will compensate them for workplace injuries. In many cases, these interns make up half of a given factory's workforce.

According to the study, 16.4% of Foxconn employees have been victims of physical violence from the management. Perhaps more interestingly, different departments are forbidden from communicating with one another. Mobile phones and metal objects are also not allowed within the factories.

Foxconn is still recovering from the bad press of an employee suicide in mid-2009. The 25 year-old employee came up short of the 16 iPhone prototypes in his care, and was detained and beaten while they looked for the missing prototype. The employee then jumped to his death, and the prototype was never found.

As the accusations are fairly serious, we should remember that this report is still unconfirmed. Whether or not the findings are accurate, Apple will have to deal with the negative press regarding their choice of manufacturers.

source: Global Times via IntoMobile

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. Droid X Doug (unregistered)

And we thought that sweatshops were eliminated? Not! Shame on Apple!

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 08:26

2. mister man (unregistered)

If you thought sweatshops were eliminated you are delusional. They are very prevalent in other countries but americans turn a blind eye as long as we get the products we want. And yes.... genocides still occur as well.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 11:28

3. theBankRobber (unregistered)

That's what happens when you send our work over seas. Its EVERY single big corporations fault. They only feed on more money and pure greed. Look at almost 85% of our products sold in the USA, they say made in (put in any other countries name here). That's why 20 years ago poeple got paid very well, now what you did 20 years ago, they want to pay you half that wage.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 11:36

4. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Ah yes, outsourcing. Nothing like good-ole American business by having some poor country businesses that abuses their employees do all the work. We come up with the idea and make everyone else work for it. What have we become?!

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 13:41

5. Luckythem (unregistered)

I get all the abuse in the US without the benefit of a 9% raise, manufacturing is the same wherever you look.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 16:49

6. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

I don't think that Apple is the only company contracted with Foxcon. I don't know why Apple is being singled-out here. And I don't think that Apple has any direct involvement in Foxcon's management of their employees either.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 17:24

7. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

They get paid handsome profit margins so...they are part of the problem...Pay the people their money its only about "$3.00" a day. lol Apple and other companies send manufacturing over seas, and cut American jobs and pay base, and then ask us to buy thyeir products.....We need to stop buying their products!

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