Sources: Twitter [Swagg Sec], The Pirate Bay
quote: Typical communist country crapping all over the lower class.
quote: That would never happen in a capitalist country like the USA!
quote: Those conditions would not be tollerated here. The labor unions here would come unglued.
quote: DailyTech got it wrong, the woman in the picture is not his wife; she is a Taiwanese supermodel, and he is not so lucky to have her.A simple google of "Terry Gou" will easily show this.---
quote: typical woman marrying for money.
quote: Foxconn produces electronics for almost every major electronics company from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). But as the comment alludes to, its alleged worker abuses were most noticed at its massive Shenzhen city-factory, which primarily produces for Apple. Apple's demand for unapologetic demand for high volumes at any cost have made the Apple-centric plant reportedly the company's most "hellish" factory, with employees being forced to work grueling hours.
quote: Makes you wonder why the abuses seem to occur at Apple and not the other company plants.
quote: Jason,Just to be clear, are you saying that the plants that produce for Apple are far worse than the plants that produce for other companies? Makes you wonder why the abuses seem to occur at Apple and not the other company plants. Perhaps the other plants are not being investigated as much? I don't know, but I would like to.I have secretly thought you were just being biased against Apple, but if it is true that the "Apple plants" are different, then something needs to be done about it.
quote: As far as I know there is no evidence to suggest that conditions in the parts of Foxconn making parts for Apple are any different or worse than the parts of Foxconn making parts for the other big tech companies. There is plenty of evidence that Apple is making more efforts than the other big tech companies to monitor, audit and improve the conditions in it's supply chain. They have a long way still to go.
quote: Reportedly employees at the Apple-specific plants are forced to work longer hours to fill the higher volume demand for Apple's devices, and are more subject to the stress of more stringent secrecy restrictions. One employee was reportedly beaten and then possibly murdered for losing a prototype of the iPhone.
quote: And the suicides last year were mostly at the plants that primarily built Apple products.
quote: Labor Activist Li Qiang wants you to know that the iPhone 4 in his pocket is not an endorsement of Apple’s policies, just an acknowledgement that the company is doing a better job of monitoring factory conditions than its peers. The founder of leading advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) told us that, though the Cupertino company does more-thorough inspections than competitors, it is responsible for poor working conditions at its suppliers’ factories and needs to invest some of its record-breaking profits in improving them."Although I know that the iPhone 4 is made at sweat shop factories in China, I still think that this is the only choice, because Apple is actually one of the best. Actually before I made a decision, I compared Apple with other cell phone companies, such as Nokia,” he said through a translator. “And the conditions in those factories are worse than the ones of Apple"
quote: Li explained that Apple is one of the few OEMs that discloses its factory audit reports to the public and he lauded the company’s honesty in disclosing serious vendor violations like child labor or safety violations to the public.By comparison, HP’s detailed audit-findings page, which does not yet include information from 2011, only shows a vague percentage of worldwide suppliers who were in conformance with standards categories like “child labor avoidance” and “freely chosen employment,” without providing specific numbers of violations and remedies taken. Dell provides a list of its top suppliers and lists the labor standards it follows, including international conventions like the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC), but doesn’t show a list of specific violations it has uncovered.
quote: According to employees interviewed by China Labor Watch, the conditions at many suppliers’ factories are far worse than those found at Foxconn, a company that has become infamous because of a series of high-profile incidents such as employee suicides and a fatal explosion. However, according to the China Labor Watch report “Tragedies of Globalization: The Truth Behind Electronics Sweatshops,” workers at the two Foxconn plants they investigated received health and safety training, along with all necessary gear, before starting work. Machines at the plants are reportedly maintained and checked for safety every day. According to the report, Foxconn workers even have a trade union with a workers’ care center hotline for reporting problems.All of this is not to say Foxconn, which manufactures products for Apple, HP, Dell, and many other OEMs, is a pleasant place to work. As with other plants, the managers are reportedly verbally abusive, the work is grueling, and one of the Foxconn factories apparently required a lot of overtime with few breaks. However, workers at the Longhua Foxconn plant received better wages and benefits than those at any of the 10 factories China Labor Watch investigated.“Foxconn is not good,” Li told the New York Times. ”But if we compare all industries, electronics, textile, toys, Foxconn is one of the best.”