It has been revealed that thousands of students in an east China city are being forced to work at a Foxconn plant after classes were suspended at the beginning of the new semester. Students from Huai’an in Jiangsu Province were driven to Foxconn factory after the plant couldn’t find sufficient workers for the production of Apple’s upcomimg iPhone 5. A student majoring in computing at a Technology Institute said they started work on the production line last Thursday and were being paid 1,550 yuan (US$243.97) a month for working six days a week. But they had to pay hundreds of yuan for food and accommodation. Several other students from at least five colleges backed up, they were being forced to work for 12 hours a day …
Heavy rains have battered Chengdu over the past few days, but this won’t stop young jobseekers lining up for Foxconn summer jobs at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu. Thousands of people were lining up, and they were armed with rain gear and umbrellas, standing out in the rain just for a chance to audition. More photos after the break.
Placing below the top 50 on Fortune’s Global 500 list may be every company’s dream, and Apple this year count at No. 55, rising from number 111 last year. Apple’s main supplier, Taiwanese company Hon Hai (aka Foxconn), was proudly ranked at 43rd. Apple’s profits grew by almost $12 billion in a year that saw the death of co-founder Steve Jobs and Tim Cook taking the reins as CEO. While Foxconn boasting total revenues of $117.5 billion. Foxconn’s profit margins are extremely small in comparison to Apple. In the most recent quarter, Apple reported 30.8 percent margins, with Foxconn at a mere 1.5 percent …
Foxconn has partnered with an university in China to provide a summer internship for the university students to earn some work experiences (assembling iPhones and iPads?). But the stupidest thing is this internship program is a compulsory curriculum. Students would NOT be permitted to graduate if they don’t participate the work experience.
This happened at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant. A Foxconn male worker called Xie committed suicide from the roof of the northwest dorm building yesterday afternoon. News of the incident spread quickly through Sina Weibo (most used social media in China), and there is rumor saying that Chinese police officers have ordered all the witnesses on the spot to remove all evidence.
Alright, we have no idea of what really happened here, but according to workers from Foxconn’s Chengdu plant, a huge riot started at the dormitory of Foxconn’s main building in Chengdu, with hundreds to thousands of workers throwing trash bins, chairs, pots, bottles and fireworks. We have several photos after the break, and we will tell you what caused the riot.
According to Chinese media report, Apple main contractor Foxconn may double its Chinese factory worker’s wages by 2013. The move would see Foxconn’s base factory wage in China go from the current 2,200 yuan (US$346) up to 4,400 yuan (US$693) per month. That is 100 percent increase. Foxconn nearly doubled its China base salary in 2010 – from 1,200 yuan to 2,000 yuan – after a spate of worker suicides, and before that was a mere 900 yuan (US$141). Reports are based on words allegedly uttered by the company CEO at Shanghai’s new headquarters groundbreaking ceremony. If Foxconn really plans to double the worker’s wages again, it will greatly improve the value of Chinese migrant workers, but at the same time it would be alarming for other manufacturers in their battle to retain workers.
We knew there’s a newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China. And the plant cranks out about 200,000 iPhones per day. Here’s something we just knew today, and really surprised us. 70 percent of the production for the iPhone now comes from Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, and the iPhone production line in the Zhengzhou plant is aiming to crank out 400,000 iPhones per day. Not enough? Here we have a video showing Foxconn CEO Terry Gou and a Chinese reporter touring the iPhone production line at the Zhengzhou plant. Video after the break.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, who has often been accused of running “sweatshops” at the company’s factories in China said that there is nothing wrong with working his employees hard as long as the company is not breaking the law. “What’s wrong with sweatshops ? All farmers sweat before they harvest,” said Gou as he met a group of his Chinese employees who were chosen to a free trip to Taiwan at the company’s expense. As a reward to the hard working employees, each has received a free iPhone, cash bonus and some party dancing with the CEO …
Finally, Foxconn workers have the chance to have some experience on using the Apple’s iPhone while touring in Taiwan. Foxconn has invited over 200 employees to Taiwan for a seven-day free tour and the company will be footing the bill for all costs involved, rewarding them for their hard work and contribution. These high-performing workers are rewarded free iPhone and cash award, and they are scheduled to visit many popular tourist sites in Taiwan. This is certainly a 100 percent PR show plan out by Foxconn, telling the whole world their employees are working in a company with happiness …
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