Undercover Reporter Infiltrates Foxconn to Report on Poor Working Conditions

Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:24am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6895 views

An undercover reporter infiltrated Foxconn for 10 days and has provided a detailed report on the working conditions at the factory to the Shanghai Evening Post, reports M.I.C Gadget.

The reporter underwent training at the Tai Yuan Foxconn factory for seven days on the eighth day he worked on producing the iPhone 5. He was only able to stay for 10 days due to the undesirable working conditions.

When presented with the back of the new iPhone the workers were told, "This is the new unleashed iPhone 5 back plate, you should be honored having the chance to produce it"

Here's just a taste of the ten day diary..

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An iPhone 5 back-plate run through in front of me almost every 3 seconds. I have to pickup the back-plate and marked 4 position points using the oil-based paint pen and put it back on the running belt swiftly within 3 seconds with no errors. After such repeat action for several hours, I have terrible neckache and muscle pain on my arm. A new worker who sat opposite of me gone exhausted and laid down for a short while. The supervisor has noticed him and punished him by asking him to stand at one corner for 10 minutes like the old school days. We worked non-stop from midnight to the next morning 6 a.m but were still asked to keep on working as the production line is based on running belt and no one is allowed to stop. I'm so starving and fully exhausted.

By my own calculations, I have to mark five iPhone plates every minute, at least. For every 10 hours, I have to accomplish 3,000 iPhone 5 back plates. There are total 4 production lines in charge of this process, 12 workers in every line. Each line can produce 36,000 iPhone 5 back plates in half a day, this is scary … I finally stopped working at 7 a.m. We were asked to gather again after work. The supervisor shout out loud in front of us: "Who wants to rest early at 5 a.m !? We are all here to earn money ! Let's work harder !" I was thinking who on earth wants to work two extra hours overtime for only mere 27 yuan (USD$4) !?
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dieter - September 12, 2012 at 7:28pm
ok that's it let monkeys out
stephen - September 12, 2012 at 3:06am
@matt don't be retarded. the reporter is chinese and the working conditions are poor to them. read the original article before making stupid comments.
Tadejz - September 12, 2012 at 3:05am
Did they translate it right? At 1st it says he has only 3 sec to mark 4 points. But then he says he have to mark 5 plates every min. So that is 12 sec to mark 4 points and not 3. I wonder what else is over exaggerated.
J - September 12, 2012 at 3:53am
I agree. Something doesn't add up.
matt - September 12, 2012 at 2:52am
Poor working condition according to WHO?. That is china and not US moron.... If they are so bad why the hell there are still thousands of them wanting to get job? If working condition is the same as US then cost of thse phones will be $$$$ Thousand, do you still want to pay for it? Blame the buyer for wanting good at such low cost...
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