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.
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Interesting to see how iPads are made. That’s how it is in China, where demand for jobs exceed supply of available jobs (more worker than jobs; and to see so many workers trying to apply to work for Foxconn). No matter how bad it may look like at Foxconn, the people who work there likely find the condition better than where they came from. But they do pay a price for it, their own mental well-being.