October 11, 2012 |
A Chinese man reportedly killed himself last month in response to treatment from his employer, Foxlink — a firm that supplies components to Apple. According to a report from the IDG News Service , He Cheng jumped to his death from the sixth floor of a company building on Sept. 29, just 20 days after beginning work there. His family told the news service that he was despondent after managers at the company denied his request for three days of personal leave in order to visit his family on a national holiday.
September 25, 2012 |
Foxconn resumed production Tuesday at its facility in Taiyuan, China, after a fight involving 2,000 workers halted production for a full day. The Taiyuan facility is in northern China and has 79,000 employees and makes automobile electronic components, precision moldings and consumer electronic components, according to a statement from Foxconn sent to The Washington Post. The one-day shutdown is expected to have a small impact on the supply lines of its clients....
September 24, 2012 |
Foxconn, which applies and assembles electronics for several top electronics companies, has closed down one of its plants after a fight broke out in a company dormitory in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan. According to the Associated Press , it's not clear what started the fight, but as many as 2,000 workers may have been involved. About 40 people were taken to the hospital, according to reports from the AP and state-run Chinese news sources. Xinhua News Agency reported that the fight...
September 12, 2012 |
A report from The New York Times has highlighted complaints that Foxconn, which assembles components for Apple and other technology companies, has been forcing vocational student workers to make iPhones. The accusations come from two groups, which have been following Foxconn's practices closely: A Taiwanese group called Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior and the New York-based group China Labor Watch. China Labor Watch has also been vocal lately about working conditions in...
April 12, 2012 |
After helping This American Life sift through the monologue of performer Mike Daisey, NPR Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz got his own look at the Shenzhen plant of Apple supplier Foxconn in southern China. Schmitz reports that 99 percent of the nearly quarter-million workers at the factory are migrant workers who are earning money for workers back home. Workers, on average, are 18 t0 25 years old. Following the assembly of the iPad through several production lines, Schmitz shows viewers how workers...
March 30, 2012 |
In the world of global manufacturing, it seems that multinational corporations are destined to take their turn in the sweatshop spotlight. Apple's turn, merely the latest, has taken an unusual twist. Chief executive Tim Cook, on a trip to China this past week, visited a Foxconn factory and released photos of grinning workers on the iPhone production line. Cook's trip came after months of investigations, centered on Foxconn, of Apple's alleged sweatshop conditions. As the story gained momentum — in part because of...