A Chinese Girl Reveals Worst Working Conditions at Apple’s iPad Factory Foxconn-China: CNN
A latest report just posted by CNN reveals worst working conditions at Apple’s iPad factory Foxconn-China. The report shows a girl (in blur image) who works 60 hours a week in assembling the iPad components in China but she is entirely ignorant about an iPad tablet as a full device in working condition yet. Apple abruptly responds this new report on its poor labor policies and denied the content of the reports by claiming that the company is quite confident that it is doing so much for improving working conditions in the factories in China where its iPhone and iPad devices are manufactured and assembled. Moreover, Apple says that it protects the right of every worker at its plants and its worldwide supply cahin of iOS devices.
In the CNN’s report, an 18-year-old girl, called “Miss Chen” for disguising her identity, tells about her hardships while working in Foxconn iPad assembling plant. She tells the CNN reporter that she never saw as a full assembled device though she works 60 hrs a week in assembling iPad components. When the TV news network showed her an iPad tablet, she remained surprised and expressed her likeness to have this device in no time.
The young Chinese girl who is a student too lives in a village outside Chonqing-China. She claims that she was forced to do labor work of assembling iPad components for 60 hrs a week.
Moreover, Chen disclosed to the CNN that when she was hired by the Foxconn , the company promised to provide her attractive package with benefits and little overtime. But when she started doing her job at Foxconn plant, she was forced to do overtime daily with information that only senior employees have the rights to claim benefits and even sick leaves.
When CNN approached to Cupertino based company Apple for having a comment on the entire story of Chen, Apple denied to accept the statements of the poor little girl and issued the following statement in response of the CNN’s report.
“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing products wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up to these requirements if they want to keep doing business with Apple.”
For the interview, the employee was taken to what she said was the first restaurant she has eaten at since she began working at the Foxconn factory. Employees at Foxconn’s mega-facilities, like the one in Chengdu where “Chen” is employed, frequently eat, sleep, work and live there.
Reporter Stan Grant was on location at the front gate of Foxconn’s Chengdu plant, though he was not allowed to enter the facility. He was told by “Chen” that she does not feel Foxconn cares about her.
This CNN’s report is another one that target Apple and its relations with China’s Foxconn which is responsible for the manufacturing and assembly of its iOS products. Earlier,
The newspapers reports by citing a former Apple executive that Apple is well aware of the labor abuses in its overseas factories and has been famous in this regard for years. But nobody takes pain to change the condition since Apple knows that “the system works for it.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has already denied these charges on his company, and said that all are “Patently False and Offensive”. In a letter issued to the Apple employees, Mr.Cook promised to continue company’s efforts for examine its supply chain on regular basis and try to get awareness to such kind of issues with open eyes and ears for bringing more positive changes for all of its employees.
Also, many Foxconn employees working for assembling Xbox 360 gaming console for Microsoft threatened the company to attempt mass suicide if the factory conditions and the wages scale were not be revised and improved. After all, Microsoft settled this dispute with the worker according to their wish.
Apple recently released its annual supplier responsibility report, revealing there were fewer cases of underage labor at its overseas partners in 2011, with no intentional underage hirings. A total of 229 audits were conducted throughout the supply chain in 2011, an 80 percent increase from 2010.
Apple also boasted in January that it became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association. Apple’s participation in the FLA means the company has agreed to have the association independently assess facilities in its supply chain and report detailed findings on its website.
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