Rotten Apple

Raising awareness of the exploitation of workers in Apple's FOXCONN factories in China.

Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For 70 Cents An Hour


By Henry Blodget

Business Insider, 15th January 2012


We love our iPhones and iPads.

We love the prices of our iPhones and iPads.

We love the super-high profit margins of Apple, Inc., the maker of our iPhones and iPads.

And that’s why it’s disconcerting to remember that the low prices of our iPhones and iPads — and the super-high profit margins of Apple — are only possible because our iPhones and iPads are made with labor practices that would be illegal in the United States.

And it’s also disconcerting to realize that the folks who make our iPhones and iPads not only don’t have iPhones and iPads (because they can’t afford them), but, in some cases, have never even seen them.

This is a complex issue. But it’s also an important one. And it’s only going to get more important as the world’s economies continue to become more intertwined.

 

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iPhones & iPads - LIVE UPDATES: Foxconn building new production line for Apple products

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Apple must be expecting record sales of new and existing products, as manufacturing partner Foxconn has announced a US$210 million investment in a new production line in the Chinese city of Huai’an in Jiangsu province.

The new line is expected to be cranking out…

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Inside Foxconn. ABC Nightline.

this is in Chinese, but it allows you to see the inside of the Foxconn factory. The reporters were shocked to see the conditions. the beginning od the video is a veiw od IPod city, the factory complex. At around :50 you begin to see the inside of the factory. 

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A report prepared by twenty Chinese universities described iPod City as a “labor camp” with extensive employee abuse, but that doesn’t capture what it’s like. Foxconn made international headlines in 2010 when young workers in the company dormitories started attempting suicide, some of them when Apple executives were touring the plant. In all, according to Wired magazine, seventeen workers died. The company responded by increasing wages to above $1 an hour, on average, and installing suicide-prevention nets to catch jumpers before they hit the ground. Suicide nets do not address the reasons that employees try to kill themselves; they only spare corporation executives at Foxconn and Apple the public embarrassment of explaining additional worker suicides inside their factories. Catching them when they jump - welcome to the new global manufacturing center.

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Making of an iPhone

Making of an iPhone

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You look at companies like Motorola and Nokia—these type of guys who are big pushers of being socially responsible. Well, they are not really. Because what you’re doing is you’re just going to a factory that’s giving it to you for five cents less,” he says. “But how do you think they got it to five cents less? It’s because they’re cutting corners.

The former VP of Flextronics—a major electronics supplier—talks about the difficulties of trying to be a responsible company while also delivering on the seductive promises of China’s economy. (via fastcompany)

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Mobile Nation Central: Foxconn to double iPhone and iPad factory worker salaries by 2013

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Foxconn, Apple’s major manufacturing partner, has pledged to double salaries by the end of the year to $700. Though that might not sound like a lot, keep in mind that the current $350 base salary is well above the minimum $240/month wage set by the state, though well above the…

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More people looking for jobs at Foxconn. Most of these workers are under-aged. 

More people looking for jobs at Foxconn. Most of these workers are under-aged. 

According to Peter Svennson at the Huffington Post, “Workers have to wear static-proof jackets and take “air showers” to make sure the work area remains dust-free. Even one spec of dust could prove ruinous to the iGadgets’ delicate innards.” 

According to Peter Svennson at the Huffington Post, “Workers have to wear static-proof jackets and take “air showers” to make sure the work area remains dust-free. Even one spec of dust could prove ruinous to the iGadgets’ delicate innards.” 

The line of people hoping to get a job at Foxconn.  Many are very young, late teens or early twenties, and have left their families and walked for days to wait in this line.

The line of people hoping to get a job at Foxconn.  Many are very young, late teens or early twenties, and have left their families and walked for days to wait in this line.

An article on MercuryNews.com, written by John Boudreau, includes this photo, taken on a cellphone, of several Foxconn employees threatening to jump in protest to working conditions.

An article on MercuryNews.com, written by John Boudreau, includes this photo, taken on a cellphone, of several Foxconn employees threatening to jump in protest to working conditions.

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'Mass suicide' protest at Apple manufacturer Foxconn factory - The Telegraph

Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company’s buildings, with 14 deaths.

In the aftermath of the suicides, Foxconn installed safety nets in some of its factories and hired counsellors to help its workers.