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Sweatshops Are Good for Apple and Foxconn, But Not for Workers

Sweatshops Are Good for Apple and Foxconn, But Not for Workers

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Students&ScholarsAgainstCorporateMisbehaviour
Telephone:(852)23925464Fax:(852)23925463Email:sacom@sacom.hkWebsite:www.sacom.hkMailingAddress:P.O.BoxNo.79583,MongkokPostOffice,HONGKONG
Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but not for workers
31May2012
Introduction
“What’swrongwithsweatshops?”sumsuptheattitudeofTerryGouTaiming,theFoxconnCEO.InApril2012,whenFoxconnorganisedatriptoTaiwanforselectedMainlandworkers,GouexplainedhisviewstotheTaiwanmedia,saying"There'snothingwrongwithworkinghard,withbloodandsweat,aslongasnolawsarebroken."MostoftheworkersareangrywithTerryGou’sstatement.“OfcoursesweatshopsaregoodforTerryGou,butnotus.Withoutourbloodandsweat,howcouldFoxconngrowrapidly?”LinYong,amaleworkerfromGuanlancampusretorted.ThespateofsuicidesatFoxconnin2010hasputthelabourpracticesofthecompanyinthelimelight.Thecompanyhasadoptedaseriesofpublicmeasuressuchasstagingananti-suiciderally,establishingahotlinecentre,organisingrecreationalactivitiesfortheworkersandsoontotrytorebuilditsimage.Yet,Gou'ssweatshopstatementspeaksforitself.HeclearlydoesnotfeelthatthereisanyneedforstructuralreforminthelabourpracticesatFoxconn.Inthepast2years,therehavebeenmanymediaexposuresoftheexploitationofFoxconn’sproductionworkers.Students&ScholarsAgainstCorporateMisbehaviour(SACOM)hasissued5reportsonFoxconnandAppletorevealthedeplorableworkingconditionsoftheworkers.
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Theeffortsfromdifferent
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 AppleOwesWorkersandPublicaResponseoverthePoisonings
(May2010);
WorkersasMachines: MilitaryManagementinFoxconn
(Oct2010);
 MoreWorkersarePoisonedbyApple
(Oct2010);
FoxconnandAppleFailtoFulfilPromises:PredicamentsofWorkersaftertheSuicides
(May2011);and
iSlave
 
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partiesgeneratedapublicpressurefromconcernedconsumersdemandingethicalAppleproducts.ApplesubsequentlyjoinedtheFairLaborAssociation(FLA)inJanuarytocopewiththePRcrisis.FactoryinspectionswerecarriedoutatFoxconnbytheFLAamonthlater.InlateMarch,theFLApublishedareportanddocumentedalonglistoflabourrightsabusesatFoxconn.However,FLAissilencetowardsApple’sunethicalbuyingpracticeinthesupplychain,astheirteamisfundedbyApple.FromMarchtoMay2012,SACOMrevisitedtheFoxconn’sproductionsitesinZhengzhouofHenanprovinceininlandChinaandShenzhenwheremostoftheintervieweesworkonAppleproductionlines.Theresearchshowslabourrightsviolationsremainthenorminthefactories.ThefollowingarethekeyfindingsofSACOM’sinvestigations:-Nofreedomofspeech:Intheorientation,workersarewarnednottotalktojournalistsandresearchersunlessgivenpermissionbythemanagement.-Nofreedomofassociation:Workersareorderedtosignupforthecompany-controlledunionwithoutknowingthefunctionsoftheunions.-NotransparencyintheFLA’sinspections:WorkershavenoaccesstotheFLA’sreportandtheremedialactions.-Overallsalarydecreases:Thebasicpaymentofworkersincreasesbut,overall,thesalaryofworkersdecreasesbecausetheovertimeworkiscutdown.-Unpaidovertimeanddemandingproductiontargets:Afterthepayrise,overtimehourswerereducedbut,sincethen,workershavebeensethigherproductiontargetsandsometimeshavetoworkunpaidovertime.-ExcessiveovertimefortheiPadworkers:Inthelead-uptothereleaseofthenewiPad,workerscouldnottakeleaveforfamilyreunionsduringtheChineseNewYear.AndovertimeworkfortheiPadworkersremainedat80hoursamonthinApril.-Inhumanetreatment:Thefrontlinemanagementcontinuetoimposehumiliatingdisciplinarymeasuresonworkers,includingforcingworkerstowriteconfessionletters,readingouttheseconfessionletters,cleaningthetoiletsandmanuallabouringwork.-Psychologicaltestsforjobapplicants:Thewrittentestforjobapplicantsincludesasectiondesignedtoscreenoutworkerswhohave,ormightdevelop,mentalhealthproblems.-Unsafeworkingenvironment:Noadequatetrainingforworkersonworkandsafety.Workersdonotknowwhatkindsofchemicalstheyareusing.Atleast728casesofindustrialinjuriesatFoxconn’sproductionfacilitiesinShenzhenhavebeenrecorded.
FactoryProfile
FoxconnisaTaiwanese-ownedITmanufacturinggiant.TheworkforceofFoxconninChinaisover1million.Shenzhenisthebiggestfactorywithabouthalfamillionworkers.InShenzhen,LonghuaandGuanlanarethecompany'stwomajorproductionsites.LonghuaisknownasFoxconnCity.Itisestimatedthattheworkforceis350,000.Itproduceselectronicproductsformanybrands,includingApple,HP,Nokia,Amazon,Dell,etc.Guanlanisasmallercampuswithabout100,000workers.TheoverwhelmingmajorityofworkersthereproduceiPhones.SACOMalsovisitedasmallFoxconnfactoryinSonggang,whichproducesprintedcircuitboardsforApple,HPandNokia,andhasabout30,000workers.AppleisthemajorclientofFoxconninSonggangaccordingtotherespondents.

behindtheiPhone:FoxconnWorkersinCentralChina
(Sep2011).ThereportsaredownloadableatStudents&ScholarsagainstCorporateMisbehaviour’swebsiteatwww.sacom.hk.
 
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SinceAugust2010,thefactoryinZhengzhouhasbeenexpanding.Thecurrentworkforceisabout100,000workers.AlltheworkersinZhengzhouproduceiPhones.FoxconnhasthreeproductionsitesinZhengzhou.TheAirportZoneisstillunderconstruction.Itisexpectedthattheworkforcewillgrowto350,000.
Factoryprofile:
ZhengzhouShenzhen
Campus(1)AirportZone:newandpermanentfactory;(2)ProcessingZone:temporaryfactory;and(3)ZhongmouCounty:smallerfactoryplayingasupportiverole(1)Guanlan:aproductionsiteforiPhones;(2)Longhua:agiantfactoryproducingelectronicproductsformultiplebrands;and(3)Songgang:afactorythatproducesprintedcircuitboardsEstimatedWorkforce100,000500,000ClientAppleApple,HP,Nokia,Amazon,Dell,etc.ProductiPhoneComputers,laptops,mobilephones,servers,etc.
SafetynetsarestillhungaroundthefactorybuildingsinFoxconn’sGuanlancampus,Shenzhen.
ResearchMethodology
FromMarchtoMay2012,SACOMresearchersconductedinvestigationsaroundFoxconn’sproductionsitesinZhengzhouandShenzhen.Over170workerswereinterviewed.AlltherespondentsinZhengzhouandGuanlan,Shenzhen,producetheiPhone.Meanwhile,about50%ofintervieweesfromLonghuaandSonggangfactoriesinShenzhenareonApple’sproductionlines.Apartfromafewfrontlinesupervisorsandassistantlineleaders,90%oftheintervieweesareproductionworkers.Duringtheoff-siteinterviews,someworkersdeclinedtotalktoresearchers,explainingthattheyhadbeenwarnedintheirorientationnottotalktojournalistsandresearchers.Furthermore,ourresearchinZhengzhouwasobstructedonseveraloccasionsbyunknownmencarryingFoxconn’sworkcard,believedtobemanagement.Ononeoccasion,aninterviewee’snameandworkcardnumberwerenotedbythemanagement-likeman.ThetacticsofFoxconninforbiddingworkerstospeakabouttheirworkingconditionstothepublicisaviolationoffreedomofspeech.Apparently,themotivebehindthisistopreventworkersleakinganynegativeinformationabout

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