The Truth About Foxconn
What They've Been Hiding...
What is Foxconn?
Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronic manufacturing company. Foxconn manufactures Apple's products. They are the third largest in the world.
Foxconn factories are described as labor camps because it severely violates China's labor laws and abuses workers physically and mentally. The Taiwanese company forces assembly-line employees to work double or triple the legal limit on overtime. Foxconn has also been described as Spartan management style because there has been extensive employment of teenage students and failure to report many industrial injuries, for which they were unable to receive statutory compensation. Many teenagers did not have the protection of labor contracts and therefore were forced to work 80 to 100 hours of overtime a month when the legal limit of China was 36 hours.
Results to Foxconn conditions
As a result to the poor conditions at Foxconn, at least 17 employees had tried to commit suicide and at least 13 succeeded. Many are barely surviving on the wages they earn.
Foxconn Employees and living conditions
Foxconn employees are forced to stand most of the time but when they are allowed to sit they have to stay perched on the edge of the seat to keep them "nimble." Battery-farm living conditions remain routine for workers assembling Apple's luxury electronics. The main management tool are punishments. Living conditions in Foxconn campus dormitories remain cramped, with 20 or 30 workers sharing three-bedroom flats, sleeping eight to a room in bunk-beds. They are forbidden to use power-hungry electrical items such as kettles or laptops on pain of confiscation.
When Foxconn was running short on staff the government forced teenagers to work the same hours as adults on assembly lines otherwise, they would not be allowed to graduate.