by Sam Cater, 1 year ago
Around 1999, RIM pretty much invented the first smartphone. It had a keyboard with tiny buttons, and a small display on which you could easily identify pixels. That didn’t matter though, as it was one…
In February, ABC's Nightline news visited Foxconn's Zhengshou plant to expose poor working conditions and low wages. In addition, a reporter from the Chinese website iFeng recently visited the same plant and went on a tour with the Foxconn CEO.
The video starts off with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou taking the reporter on a helicopter ride of the Foxconn land. In addition to factories, Foxconn's 5.6 square kilometers of land are used for living space and “wastelands”. These wastelands are “being reserved for further expansion of the plant”.
Unlike ABC's report found below, this reporter does not seem to be looking for any violations. However, Apple's famous pursuit of improving conditions at Foxconn only revealed more details instead of creating any improvements. More specifically, interviews with workers have revealed that cramped living conditions, punishment, and lots of overtime are all part of the normal day as a worker at Foxconn. In spite of Apple's failed attempts, Sacom, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, has joined the fight to improve working conditions.