FLA finds serious labor law violations at Foxconn

By on March 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM.

FLA finds serious labor law violations at Foxconn

The Fair Labor Association on Thursday reported that it found serious violations of Chinese labor laws during its inspections of Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing plants in various cities across China. The inspections, which were prompted by Apple after the company became the focus of renewed public outcry over the poor working conditions in plants that manufacture its iPad, iPhone and other devices, found that safety violations and illegal overtime were among the biggest issues at Focxonn’s facilities. “Apple and Foxconn are obviously the two biggest players in this sector and since they’re teaming up to drive this change, I really do think they set the bar for the rest of the sector,” FLA President Auret van Heerden told Reuters. Foxconn responded by saying it would hire tens of thousands of new workers, take a more proactive role in preventing employees from working illegal overtime and improve safety protocols in its factories. More →

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New Apple CEO goes where Steve Jobs would not

By on March 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM.

New Apple CEO goes where Steve Jobs would not

Steve Jobs took particular care to ensure the company he created continued to operate at the high levels he demanded after he left. Thanks to the processes he put in place, the procedures he pined over and the products he helped mastermind, Apple’s last quarter was the biggest ever among technology companies, and Apple is currently the most valuable company in the world. But current Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought change to the company he now runs, and how that will affect Apple in the long term remains to be seen. As Cook continues to separate himself from his predecessor in a number of ways, the executive visited China recently to put himself on the front lines of Foxconn’s new iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China, which will employ 120,000 people according to Bloomberg. Foxconn’s facilities recently underwent an Apple-prompted series of inspections by the Fair Labor Association, which is expected to release a report on its findings soon. Another image of Cook at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory follows below. More →

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Apple and Foxconn respond to ABC’s iPad factory expose

By on February 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

Apple and Foxconn respond to ABC’s iPad factory expose

Apple and Foxconn have each responded to various claims made in ABC’s Nightline segment that took a look inside two Foxconn factories in an effort to shed light on their working conditions. Responding to a comment made by one worker who claimed she carves aluminum shavings from 6,000 iPad cases each day, Apple said this was likely the result of a miscommunication. “In manufacturing parlance this is called deburring. Her line processes 3,000 units per shift, with two shifts per day for a total of 6,000. A single operator at Ms. Zhou’s station would deburr 3,000 iPads in a shift,” Apple told ABC. Read on for more. More →

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Foxconn accused of hiding underage factory workers before FLA inspection

By on February 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM.

Foxconn accused of hiding underage factory workers before FLA inspection

Foxconn workers claim the manufacturer transferred underage employees to other departments or did not schedule them to work overtime in an effort to avoid discovery during the Fair Labor Association’s investigation of its facilities, reports AppleInsider. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) project officer Debby Sze Wan Chan was told by two Foxconn employees that the manufacturer “prepared for the inspection” by hiding the child laborers. “All underage workers, between 16-17 years old, were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments,” Chan reportedly said. Another Foxconn worker said she had recently been allowed three breaks a day during the audit, an increase from one. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the company “cares about every worker in our supply chain,” however many workers don’t feel the care that the CEO talks about. “Most of the time, the workers are aware of the presence of Apple’s representatives inside the factories,” said Chan. “It is not the problem that Apple doesn’t know the real problems at their suppliers. They know, but it is only because they do not care.” More →

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Fair Labor Association: Foxconn factory has ‘tons of issues’

By on February 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

Fair Labor Association: Foxconn factory has ‘tons of issues’

The Fair Labor Association has uncovered a number of issues that need to be addressed at a Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory, reports Bloomberg. “We’re finding tons of issues,” FLA chief executive officer Auret van Heerden said after a multi-day inspection of the plant. “I believe we’re going to see some very significant announcements in the near future.” On Wednesday, however, the FLA’s preliminary assessment stated that the company’s plants had conditions that were better than most. “The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm,” van Heerden previously said. “I was very surprised when I walked onto the floor at Foxconn, how tranquil it is compared with a garment factory. So the problems are not the intensity and burnout and pressure-cooker environment you have in a garment factory. It’s more a function of monotony, of boredom, of alienation perhaps.” The FLA plans to release more information regarding its inspection in the coming weeks. More →

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