Ever wanted to have a look inside Apple’s biggest supplier Foxconn? Here is your chance, thanks to Rob Schmitz, the China correspondent in Shanghai for Marketplace.org. He had an exclusive permission from Apple and Foxconn to have an inside look at the work-floor and he was even permitted to talk to a few of the 240,000 employers.
Working Conditions at Foxconn
After all the negative news concerning the working conditions, explosions and suicides in the Foxconn Factory in China, Apple tries to polish his image on working conditions. That is most likely one of the reasons Apple permitted Rob Schmitz to have an exclusive visit at Foxconn.
Rob Schmitz says in his report:
After you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it’s also a city – 240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms. There’s a main drag lined on both sides with fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores, a wedding photo shop, and an automated library. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, two enormous swimming pools, and a bright green soccer stadium smack-dab in the middle of campus. . . This is not what comes to mind when you think “Chinese factory”.
Although Foxconn already raised the monthly paycheck, workers are still complaining about the wages. Besides this, there are also more complaints.
According to Rob Schmitz:
One of the most common complaints I heard: being treated unfairly by immediate supervisors. Some workers complained about being forced to work even though they were sick. Others said their supervisors didn’t let them bill the overtime they had actually worked. From dozens of interviews, favoritism seems common among Foxconn supervisors. And, of course, nobody is a fan of the work. “It’s incredibly boring and repetitive,” an iPad assembly line worker named Xu told me, “but I just sort of lose myself a little while I do the work and think about other things; I think about happy moments in my life. My friends. My family. Anything. If I can do that, then the work doesn’t seem so tiring.”
Another video was broadcasted by ABC News, giving even more interesting background information on the working conditions at Foxconn. Notice the answer of some workers, where the interviewer asks what they are thinking of during the boring work they do:
The only thought I have is rest…. I want to sleep!
More Foxconn Clients
It should be noticed that, whatever image Apple has on this matter, the Cupertino Company is the biggest client of Foxconn. And therefore Apple will take all the heat about everything (not) happening inside Foxconn. Besides Apple, Foxconn is also supplier for Acer, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia and many others. Probably they sit back and see how Apple & Foxconn handle this.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback