December 21, 2013

Appalling working conditions at Apple's China factory

The whole dormitory for the workers smelt like garbage when I walked in. It's a mix of overnight garbage, a Chinese journalist wrote in his diary.
London:As Apple's American workers celebrate the release of the latest iPhone series, workers in their Chinese factory Foxconn continue facing humiliating treatment with gruelling workloads, embarrassing punishments and inhuman work conditions. A Chinese media firm sent a journalist into the Tai Yuan district's Foxconn factory undercover, during which the reporter trained for seven days, before spending three days working on the factory floor. The Chinese reporter, who kept a diary of his ten-day visit, revealed that a person in the factory's recruitment cell told him that he can be in Foxonn as long as he is 'healthy and own a citizenship identity card.' The reporter said he was asked to fill in a form to test the current state of his mentality. "There are about 30 mentality questions for me to answer "Yes" or "No" of how do I feel for the past 30 days. For example, one of the questions they asked: "Have you got into a state of mental trance recently ?" the reporter wrote in his diary. According to the Daily Mail, the reporter also revealed how the first night at Foxconn dormitory was a 'nightmare'. "The whole dormitory smells like garbage when I walked in. It's a mix of overnight garbage smell plus dirty sweat and foam smell. Outside every room was fully piled up with uncleared trash," he wrote. The workers were strictly instructed not to carry any metallic stuff like ear rings, cameras, handset, mp3 players, otherwise they would be fired on the spot. The reporter revealed how a worker was punished after he lay down for a short while to take some rest. "The supervisor has noticed him and punished him by asking him to stand at one corner for 10 minutes like the old school days," he said. MicGadget, which translated the reporter's diary, said that they are 'confounded on the dairy on how bad the living condition of the Foxconn workers at the dormitory and the kind of treatment they have received.'

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