A few years ago, you'd probably never heard of Shenzhen. Now the tiny Chinese fishing village has grown into a certified megalopolis, with 10 million residents, a thriving tech industry, and a gorgeous world-class airport. To cement its rising status in the world economy, Shenzhen has announced its most ambitious…
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Shifts at a Foxconn factory are typically eight to ten hours a day. Since about half of the company's Shenzhen employees live on campus, an entire city has sprung up around them. They train. They eat. They play.
It wasn't that long ago I was praising the iPad for being a wonderful travel computer. It still is—until it isn't.
The hotel staff are friendly and anxious to please, but even when they finally understand my request, they don't quite understand my reasoning. Nevertheless, after all the pantomime and apologies, they are bringing me a power adapter.
Not only does Foxconn "categorically reject" last week's shocking survey of 1,736 employees who told of overtime, lack of promised payrises and even violence, but they believe that their 937,000 employees work in a "safe and positive" environment.
It comes as no surprise that someone would want to leak the independently-produced report on Foxconn's treatment of its workers, but the contents are bloody appalling. Apparently 1,736 workers were surveyed, with stories of overtime and even violence.
Ok, so you'll have to import it from dodgy Chinese site M8Cool, but surely a gamble with your credit card security is worth the slight chance of getting a working Palm Pre, running iPhone OS?
Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing titan troubled by a spate of suicides at its Shenzhen factory-city, held a rally for its workers who were given t-shirts, pom-pons, and—inexplicably—Spider-Man costumes.
Despite installing safety nets around the building premises, a 22-year old female worker at Foxconn's Kunshan factory committed suicide early yesterday morning. She only joined Foxconn at the end of March, where she worked packaging plastics.
My parents sent me to China with two goals: to improve my Chinese before shipping off to college in the fall; to learn about Chinese culture and how China works from an inside perspective. So I visited a Chinese factory.
Last we heard about Foxconn, they were considering closing down their Shenzhen factories, which have had bulk-attention festooned on them the past six months due to the spate of suicides. Now, we learn they're handing over control of dorms.
Aha, now this is all making much more sense. Foxconn raised wages by 30 per cent, and then a further 66 per cent on top of that—and now has scrapped the compensation for families of the deceased.