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China: A Country Being Built On Slave Labor.

Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture




By Chi-Chi Zhang, CNN

updated 8:43 AM EST, Mon February 6, 2012


























STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rights groups accuse Foxconn, maker of Apple products, of a 'military like culture'
  • Foxconn says it takes responsibility for 1.2 million Chinese workers 'very seriously'
  • Apple: ' We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity'
  • Apple raked in a record $46.3 billion in sales last quarter
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    Chengdu, China (CNN) -- Miss Chen stares curiously
    at the iPad. Even though she works overtime in a factory in southwestern
    China that manufactures them, she's never seen the finished product.
    "Wow, I want it," said Chen, brushing her finger across the glossy screen with curiosity and amazement.


    The 18-year-old student from a village outside of the southern
    megacity of Chongqing is one of more than one million factory workers at
    a Chinese company that helps manufacture products for Apple Inc.'s
    lucrative global empire, which raked in a record $46.3 billion in sales
    last quarter.
    At a factory about an hour west of Sichuan's capital Chengdu, Foxconn
    Technology Group, one of Apple's biggest manufacturing partners.
    Foxconn employs hundreds of thousands who work day or night shifts,
    eating and sleeping at company facilities, as they help build
    electronics products for Apple and many other global brand names, such
    as Amazon's Kindle and Microsoft's Xbox.
    Chen's name has been changed for this story. She told CNN that all
    her Foxconn colleagues have been instructed not to talk to any reporter
    or "criminal liability shall be investigated according to law."




    Apple criticized for factory conditions





    Report: Chinese workers threaten suicide

    Rights groups like Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin and Students
    and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior say that Foxconn's stringent
    military-like culture is one of surveillance, obedience and not
    challenging authority. Workers are told obey or leave.
    It's an oppressive culture that labor groups say contributed to a slew of suicides in 2010 at the company's Shenzhen plant -- prompting Foxconn to install nets in an effort to prevent employees from jumping.


    As a poor college student with no work experience, looking for job in
    China's competitive market is an uphill battle. So when Chen was
    offered a one-month position at Foxconn during the Spring Festival --
    with promises of great benefits and little overtime, she jumped at the
    chance.
    Her heart fell after arriving at the Foxconn factory, when she found
    out only senior employees get such benefits and sick leaves. Ms. Chen
    said she's also forced to work overtime on a regular basis.

    Foxconn employees have a saying, 'they use women as men and men as machine'
    Foxconn employee

    "During my first day of work, an older worker said to me, 'why did
    you come to Foxconn? Don't ever think about it again and leave right
    now'," said Chen, who plans to return to her studies at a Chongqing
    university soon. "Foxconn employees have a saying, "they use women as
    men and men as machines."
    Foxconn is a part of Taiwan's Hong Hai Precision Industry Co. which
    supplies iPads and iPhones. Foxconn recently released a statement
    defending its corporate practices, stating its employees are entitled to
    numerous benefits including access to health care and opportunities for
    promotions and training.
    "Foxconn takes our responsibility to our employees very seriously and
    we work hard to give our 1.2 million employees in China a safe and
    positive working environment and compensation and benefits that are
    competitive with all of our industry peers in that location," said
    Foxconn in an email statement to CNN.
    In response to questions from CNN, Apple released this statement: "We
    care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. We insist that
    our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with
    dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing
    processes wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up
    to these requirements if they want to keep doing business with Apple."

    We work hard to give our 1.2 million employees in China a safe and positive working environment
    Statement from Foxconn

    Apple officials also noted last month it became the first company
    admitted to the Fair Labor Association, "a leading nonprofit
    organization dedicated to improving conditions for workers around the
    world."
    In an email to Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook said the company cares
    about every worker and "any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue
    with working conditions is cause for concern."
    Despite widespread reports of poor working conditions, some experts
    say Foxconn factories still offer better benefits and surroundings than
    most factories in China -- providing air conditioning, heating and clean
    dorms for its employees.
    "These companies are making huge profits but workers feel that they
    are not getting a fair share," said Geoffrey Crothall of China Labour
    Bulletin. "But just because Apple is making a profit doesn't mean they
    are passing that onto Foxconn; the margins are slim."
    Crothall said it's important to empower workers. But it's also a
    challenge for Apple to find a manufacturer that delivers the quality and
    speed Foxconn can with its vast resources, he added.
    After three weeks of applying more than 4,000 stickers a day onto
    iPad screens by hand and working 60 hours a week in an assembly line,
    Chen says she's ready to go back to school and study hard so she'll
    never have to return to Foxconn.
    "It's so boring, I can't bear it anymore. Everyday is like: I get off
    from work and I go to bed. I get up in the morning, and I go to work.
    It is my daily routine and I almost feel like an animal," said Ms. Chen,
    who aspires to become a biologist.
    When asked why humans do machine-like work at Foxconn, she responds, "Well, humans are cheaper."

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    • The reason the Chinese workers are in this trouble is because they're not allowed to form labor unions. America this is your future if all your unions are disbanded

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    • They don't even have a say what goes on in their government, so what chance do they have with a say in working conditions?

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      • @blaine131 It's not a racist statement just a wrong one.

        A lot of businesses would not even hire Chinese imigrants. Yes, they faced bigotry similar to African Americans but were only hired by industries like the railroad in the west where blacks were not as plentiful.

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    • US companies are are often targeted by China to get more bribes and claim that foreign nations are oppressing the Chinese. Chinese companies are much much worse. Chinese people like Arabs will cause trouble for anything more they can get. Many foreign companies in China follow good practices, yet authorities often clam that is not so, just to get more bribes, it is common practice there.

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    • there you go apple buyers

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    • how can you compete with a country that treats its people like slaves, they are always going to be able to pump out a cheaper product

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      • @fresnopete

        Every nation in the world has been created through slavery, blood, war and conflict. Is the human process. Besides that, if you look at Chinese history, slavery has always existed, not in the same form as it did in America, but it slavery is slavery.


        What we're seeing in China right now, is the exact thing that happened in America, Europe and other industrialized nations. China has been an industrial nation for just over 30 years, it has not gone through the process and labor rev More..

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    • Socialism is hell

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    • This is why I don't buy shit from Apple, because I don't like their products, but for along time I've been aware of their sweat shops in China. I bought an Ipod along time ago, I did not like the piece of shit!!! Is way overpriced and don't like Itunes at all.

      As a general rule, I won't buy stuff that is made in China, however, there are times when I have little to chose from, so I'm kinda of forced to buy it specially if I need it.

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      • @hedgehog

        I try to buy US made products (more expensive, but a little better quality), I don't mind if they're made in Mexico, Central America or other parts of the world, I try to avoid chinesse made stuff. However, like you said "your house must be very empty." Americans really need to apply the old saying "if you're not gonna keep it for 3 years, then don't buy it at all." That applies to my mother, that buys all kinds of worthless shit, which after 6 months she does not More..

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      • @hedgehog

        Off course, an example of what you said is the fact that American cars in China are wiping the floor with the Chinesse manufacturers. Chinesse customers don't buy their own cars, because they're absolute shit. Buick, an American brand and a kind of car that only old people and seniors drive in America, is huge in China.

        Which is why I don't understand why Americans buy made in China crap; the corporations are guilty of this too, because they want to cut corners and maximize profits More..

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    • Eh, outsourcing much ...


      This has nothing to do with political agendas (like in the tags given by the poster), it has to do with global capitalist paradise which came to existence some 30 years ago ... Anybody who says capitalism -- says slave labour seen in this post -- it is far to lucrative and far too tempting for the corporations, rich investors and "entrepreneur class" to resits!
      Labour is an (additional/excess) cost and capitalism is about profits and turnover, isn't that so More..

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    • And our idiotic politicians, including Obama, claim Americans need "training" and "education" to compete with slave labor in 3rd world countries. Only when it's too late, when the last piece of American manufacturing equipment has been shipped overseas, will they finally ask "What happened?"

      And not only manufacturing, top-paying $100,000+ per year jobs are being sent to India as fast as US corporations can ship them out.

      All the fine furniture factories in North More..

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    • Welcome to the New World Order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Slavery been invented by Arabs and China embrace it.

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