Sources: Reuters, CNET
quote: "The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm," said van Heerden. "I was very surprised when I walked onto the floor at Foxconn, how tranquil it is compared with a garment factory.
quote: The New York Times published a report detailing the harsh conditions that Apple's suppliers' workers must endure. The article listed problems like long hours, exhaustion, lengthy overtime, unsafe working environments (a collection of aluminum dust from polishing iPad cases led to two explosions in two separate Foxconn plants due to poor ventilation), underage employment and crowded living conditions as some of the violations to Apple's supplier code of conduct.
quote: Either the New York Times is lying in order to sell papers
quote: However, blaming our current lack of manufacturing industry on unions is idiotic to say the least.
quote: Yes, you can argue all you want Asian's are better at 'dealing' with stress than westerners
quote: We didn't become the world super-power sitting around with our dicks hanging out.
quote: "I'm flabbergasted," says Daisey, whose reporting out of China's Shenzhen city helped draw international attention to the problems there. "I know of no labor group that thinks it appropriate to comment on a company it's investigating before that investigation has even begun."
quote: Factories don't explode from worker boredom. Sorry.
quote: I've been to China and seen working conditions first hand. Neither of these stories passes the sniff test. But by far, Apple's story stinks the most. "Normal" working conditions in China are pretty bad.
quote: Apple should at least admit the issues that it does have and what it is doing to correct them.
quote: Nobody cares. Isn't capitalism great?
quote: I fail to see how contracting work out skirts all responsibility of worker conditions. Given comments by Apple's CEO, it is plainly obvious that they choose Chinese contractors because of their low cost due to these abhorrent working conditions - conditions that they know would be illegal in the US.
quote: Deeming it "not our problem" when US companies and US consumers take advantage of these poor conditions completely dismisses the moral issues and skirts all responsibility.
quote: Not to mention these policies that have incentivized outsourcing have completely hollowed out our own manufacturing capabilities.
quote: Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, is currently investigating the conditions of Apple's suppliers' factories in China after Apple recently volunteered for FLA inspection. Van Heerden recently visited one of Apple's main suppliers, Foxconn Technology Group, and found that the working conditions there were better than many other factories in China such as garment factories.
quote: Sad to say, you couldn't even pay most Americans to work more than 8 hour days.
quote: Are you really implying that it is good to work people 50, 60, or even 90 hours a week? You do understand how ridiculous you appear, right?
quote: As for the rest of your comments, you clearly have an anti-American agenda. You insult Americans and the country itself. If you dislike it so strongly, why don't you leave?
quote: I just frankly don't care. It's not my problem.
quote: I've worked since I was 15, 40+ hrs a week,
quote: You think the majority of Americans are lazy
quote: The FLA system is very tough. It involves unannounced visits , complete access, public reporting.
quote: About 30 FLA employees will be spending the next three weeks at Chinese Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu to interview 35,000 workers. Each Apple Foxconn worker will be given iPads to complete a survey , which asks them the following series of questions: how were they hired, were they paid a fee, what are the conditions of their dorms/food, were their complaints acted upon, what is their emotional well being, and were they offered/did they sign any contracts and did they understand them.
quote: Let's face it - iPhobics will never believe anything good about Apple and will always believe, and exaggerate, anything bad about Apple.
quote: If anybody knows of better, more compete or more comprehensive sources of data on suicide in China please do post the relevant links.
quote: I like facts :)
quote: They just happen to kill themselves out of boredom?
quote: "The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm," said van Heerden from his iPhone 4S
quote: Each Apple Foxconn worker will be given iPads to complete a survey, which asks them the following series of questions: how were they hired, were they paid a fee, what are the conditions of their dorms/food, were their complaints acted upon, what is their emotional well being, and were they offered/did they sign any contracts and did they understand them.
quote: I remember reading about a Foxconn factory making Microsoft XBoxes where workers needed to threaten mass suicide to get attention to their issues. The industry as a whole needs to move forward on improved labour practices.