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The first night sleeping at Foxconn dormitory is a nightmare. The whole dormitory smells like garbage when I walked in. It’s a mixed of overnight garbage smell plus dirty sweat and foam smell. Outside every room was fully piled up with uncleared trash. When I opened my wardrobe, lots of cockroaches crawl out from inside and the bedsheets that are being distributed to every new workers are full of dirts and ashes.
The contract didn’t mention much on the overtime works. Under the section of “Possible harmful effects that may cause to worker during production”, the management has asked us to tick “No” for all of them. This includes “Noise pollution” and “Toxic Pollution”, I was wondering if the production floor will caused any harmful effects while working.
The day after signing of the contract, we are being gathered in a hall and briefed with the history of Foxconn company, policies and safety measures. During the whole conference, we are being highly emphasized on one point: “When you leave the lab, there’s no advanced technology, you only need to obey instructions.” We are being distributed with a checklist with only 13 rewards policies but over 70 penalties policies. The instructor said: “You might feel uncomfortable of how we treat you, but this is all for your own good.” After that we are asked to watch an orientation video on the Foxconn factory. When someone has asked about the suicide issues, the management staff didn’t avoid the topic but not willing to discuss too much on it. During the suicide topic discussion, someone has voiced out that the bad living environment will sure lead to more suicides. Also I have noticed that all the windows in the dormitory has been framed behind bars.
By my own calculations, I have to mark five iPhone plates every minute, at least. For every 10 hours, I have to accomplish 3,000 iPhone 5 back plates. There are total 4 production lines in charge of this process, 12 workers in every line. Each line can produce 36,000 iPhone 5 back plates in half a day, this is scary … I finally stopped working at 7 a.m. We were asked to gather again after work. The supervisor shout out loud in front of us: “Who wants to rest early at 5 a.m !? We are all here to earn money ! Let’s work harder !” I was thinking who on earth wants to work two extra hours overtime for only mere 27 yuan (USD$4) !?
Originally posted by Dan001
Apple needs to keep its manufacturing in the USA.
Imagine the jobs created for the USA?
Originally posted by Alxandro
So what's the solution?
Do we fault and attack Apple for manufacturing these devices?
Or the consumer for placing such a high demand for these products?
As always, it's easier to attack a corporation than your fellow neighbor.
Originally posted by Druscilla
For those that don't know it, pretty much every single electronic gadget, computer, Television, digital camera, phone, ipod, ipad, and/or information technology oriented hardware has something built, assembled, made, fabricated, or developed by foxconn in it.
Usually this takes the form of component connectivity communications cables, like IDE, Serial, Parallel, firewire and other IEEE standardized communications cables inside a device.
Sometimes it's assembly of the device in question, or, in some cases, the majority of the device itself.
Everything you own that has a chip in it likely has something from Foxconn, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Hitachi inside of it, sometimes all of them.
Owning any electronic gadget that doesn't have any Foxconn inside it, whether labor, parts, or both is like asking for steak without the cow.
Boycotting Foxconn would involve giving up essentially all modern transportation (chipsets, wiring, electronic board printing etc), all communications, all computers, media, everything.
To boycott Foxconn, one would need go live in the wilderness, completely off the grid.
edit on 22-9-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)