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Foxconn confirms underage workers employed at factory

By Rick
Oct 16, 2012
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  1. In August, an organization by the name of China Labor Watch blew the whistle on Foxconn for employing children who claimed to be under the age of 16 -- China's legal working age. Today, we discover Foxconn's subsequent investigation into...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Getting very tired of Foxconn...
     
  3. Gareis

    Gareis TS Member Posts: 73   +14

    Getting very tired of china...
     
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    Gotta have that iJunk though ;)
     
  5. Its very nice to see a company employ people who need it and give young people a great chance and opportunity to advance themselves. Wish the young kids here in the western world had the same work ethic. Maybe if they did the country wouldn't be in the shambles it is now.
     
  6. Qoute: Gotta have that iJunk though

    This is Foxconn, not Apple. Read the article. If you wish you be specific, it doesn't say which factory so it could very well be dell, Microsoft, HP, or any number of the hundreds of companies that contract out to Foxconn for all there electronic board manufacturing.
     
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Really wish that I could live off of $244 a month! That figure is my gasoline costs to drive work each month.
     
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Did you even read the article? The kids were forced to work there. If they didn't, they would lose credit for classes.
     
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,951   +162

    Ever since I saw the atrocities foxconn bestows on its workers while watching the daily show with John Stewart, I swore to never buy a apple product. They have suicide nets outside the factory walls to catch jumpers.


    China's Foxconn houses employees who work 35-hour shifts at 31 cents an hour, thereby saving American technology companies money. Go up to like the 2 minute mark if you don't like politics.
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-16-2012/fear-factory
     
  10. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Just a little bit of an FYI, Foxconn makes products for many companies all over the world, not just Apple and not just American companies. Not buying Apple may make you feel better but you are more than likely already supporting Foxconn with many, many purchases. Not supporting Foxconn is much easier said than done considering how many little parts for so many products they make, it might not even be possible to not use Foxconn at all really.
     
  11. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 457   +54

    Although the article does specifically single out Apple: "interns were told to help assemble iPhone accessories or forfeit potential school credits."

    Like supermarket meat products, we don't like to think about the production process that goes into the end results. But supply and demand and all that. What's the alternative, not use any electronic devices?
     
  12. Gareis

    Gareis TS Member Posts: 73   +14

    There's many alternatives, starting with hiring more adults, or decreasing production and output, what's a few thousand less components a day, it certainly won't, or at least shouldn't, kill a company that size.

    Are you condoning this behavior?
     
  13. Quote:

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    treeski said:

    Did you even read the article? The kids were forced to work there. If they didn't, they would lose credit for classes.


    Even here in Canada and the USA, schools, universities, and trade houses all have "prerequisites" that you need to do before you are granted credit for certain corses. This is the same thing. Don't let "article sensationalism" get to you. Your blood pressure will thank you.

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    9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:
    Really wish that I could live off of $244 a month! That figure is my gasoline costs to drive work each month.


    That's a lot of money and easily covers everything you need to live when in most parts of China.
     
  14. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 457   +54

    No, I don't condone it. I think the working conditions in those sweatshops over there are horrible. Big companies keep using and abusing them. But I still have to use electronic products. Maybe they should bring the jobs back to the west.
     
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  15. Gareis

    Gareis TS Member Posts: 73   +14

    I definitely agree with bringing production back to the west, the unemployment rate is so high, that they wouldn't have to offer much higher an hour over here if they were not required to by law.
     
  16. I just bought a I-shuffle to replace my other china-made SanDisk Sansa Clip- the power button broke after a few months, and after that eventually it crapped out. In order to tolerate my hellish existence doing slave labor. Something doesn't feel right here...
     
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 446   +17

    Ron Swanson would be so proud...
     
  18. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    quote="Guest, post: 1242175"]Quote:

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    treeskisaid:

    Did you even read the article? The kids were forced to work there. If they didn't, they would lose credit for classes.



    Even here in Canada and the USA, schools, universities, and trade houses all have "prerequisites" that you need to do before you are granted credit for certain corses. This is the same thing. Don't let "article sensationalism" get to you. Your blood pressure will thank you.
    [/quote]

    You're right, schools and universities do have prerequisites that you need to do earn the credit... but they don't involve assembling phones and they DON'T happen when you are 14 years old. It's fine if you're old enough...
     
  19. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 99   +10

  20. It's China.....communism "It just works". It's a little mind boggling that these company's(all of them not just apple) are shipping parts or having the parts made over sea's, across the border or where ever and having the finished product shipped back and sold just to save a few bucks, times that by Millions of units being sold....company's aren't going to stop anytime soon.
    Seriously..when's the last time you flipped something over and It said "Made In America" on It????
     
  21. "Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. "

    "the nation has stopped training enough people in the mid-level skills that factories need, executives say. "

    "They had built on-site dormitories so employees would be available 24 hours a day."

    "“They could hire 3,000 people overnight,” said Jennifer Rigoni, who was Apple’s worldwide supply demand manager until 2010, but declined to discuss specifics of her work. “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?”

    "“The entire supply chain is in China now,” said another former high-ranking Apple executive. “You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That’s the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours.”

    Clearly, we should start by giving incentives to small and large businesses/corporations. If they manufacture a product on American soil, they get more benefits. Over time (and it could be a while) American products should become more readily available. If these businesses/corps EXPORT products made in the U.S., it should not cost them (at least not much) to do so. AFTER US products are more available, we can look at other factors such as imports and see where to go from there.

    As highly populated as China is and as little rights they have, it would still be difficult to compete. For someone wanting to start a company in the US, this will at least make it much more possible and they WILL be more likely to stay should they become successful. This all keeps money circulating in our own economy. Instead of a US consumer purchasing a product, having most of that money going to the company, and then having the rest trickle down to foreign employees something different could happen. The consumer purchases the product, the company still gets most of the money (which is possible), and then another US consumer gets paid. If products are manufactured here and sold overseas, WE get THEIR money too.
     
  22. To all guests who disagree that apple and obviously other US companies who manufacturing their parts in China: it is clear that all of you don't know anything nor even have any idea.. I suggest learn more before posting whole crappy comments..
     
  23. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,951   +162

    An ipod would cost 23% more if not made in china foxcon sweat shops. Boycotting known foxconn products would send a message. I think people wouldn't mind paying 23% more to get rid of these sweat shops and bring jobs back to America or wherever, just out of sweat shops thanks.
     
  24. Good luck boycotting foxcon:
    courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn
    Major customers of Foxconn currently include:
     
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Probably the same "adults" who performed in the Olympics....
     

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