Inside China's Labor (Gadget) Factories
kuuva | July 28, 2009 at 09:06 pmby
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The pressure for Chinese workers to succeed can be overwhelming. A few days ago a worker jumped to his death after a Apple prototyple that he was in charge of turned up missing. See the attached hyperlinks for photos of a Foxconn factory.
A Foxconn executive in Taipei said Tuesday the company would pay Sun’s parents a lump sum of 360,000 renminbi ($52,600), plus 30,000 renminbi every year as long as either of them remains alive.
Foxconn employees get one hour break each day, during which they eat lunch. Employees are fined if they don't finish their rice.
China Labor Watch says Foxconn workers "Lack of rest days as required by law; regular workers have one day off every two weeks."
Says a Foxconn factory worker: "The training begins immediately on the second day upon our arrival. At first I thought we would be informed of some professional operative skills and knowledge, but instead, we were taught the factory's regulations, culture, and acknowledgment of Foxconn's business concept. By now, I think it is safe to say that the training is a part of Foxconn's brain washing process. A supervisor told us that working at Foxconn requires total obedience; you do not need to be intelligent or highly skilled. After a week of training, we concluded that at Foxconn, we shouldn't treat ourselves as human beings, we are just machines. During the week, we also had a health examination, a very simple blood test, a blood pressure test and a vision test. We did not receive any results afterwards."
Says a Foxconn factory worker: "An entry-level employee working 12-hour days earns about $220 per month at Foxconn. That's about $.85 per hour."