Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reporter Goes Undercover At A Foxconn Plant To Find Out The Working Conditions There

 A few months back Tim Cook visited one of the foxconn plants which manufactures the iPhone and the working conditions at that time were pretty adequate. Recently a reporter from Shanghai Evening Post reported that he went undercover as a worker at a foxconn plant to find out the working conditions there. Hew worked at the plant for 10 days and he spent 7 of the days there in orientation. He commented that the sleeping conditions there was a nightmare. When entering the factory floor there is a metal detector so whoever tries to sneak something out is immediately fired. The reporter's job on the assembly line is to marking areas of the iPhone's back cover before it is painted. 
 "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) !?"-Reporter undercover in Foxconn factory
Source: Phonearena And CNET