A special of ABC’s “Nightline” was aired tonight which is where they took a look deep inside of Apple’s Foxconn’s factories. Nightline was allowed by Apple in the Foxconn factories that create iPhone’s and also iPad’s. The worlds biggest electronics manufacturing company is Foxconn, which has contracts with the biggest U.S. electronics companies. The complete show is not available on the internet yet at this time.
But through and through, the report did not show off any new discoveries. It was just a summary of a few of the events that were leading up to the bad press that was surrounding the working conditions at Foxconn’s factories. The suicides that all happened at once was something that was mentioned over the past number of years that was leading to the installation of suicides that was gathered into discouragement in numerous attempts in suicide within the workers at those factories. It was noted by Nightline that the CEO of Apple had flown to China during that current time to help out and show a response. But beyond the netting of suicides, the pay was increased to the workers and new counseling offices were set up for the workers to have mental support.
For work in the factory lineup, was described as “monotonous”, with shifts as long as 12 hours with just two hour long meal breaks. If questioned, the workers simply complained about the very cramped dorms and also the very low pay, though the jobs were very highly demanded with thousands of people going to Foxconn for work. Nightline had gone to a smaller village to compare the conditions of living which did not really seem any better. Any families that had remained in the village had told Nightline that the living conditions were alot better with “younger people” working in those factories.
Some very interesting statistics were gathered by The Verge for the report:
- It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade
– It takes five days and 325 hands to make a single iPad
– Foxconn workers pay for their own food — about $.70 per meal, and work 12 hour shifts
– Workers who live in the dorms sleep six to eight a room, and pay $17.50 a month to do so
– Workers make $1.78 an hour
The visit of Nightline was coordinated by the Fair Labor Association who is gathering their own report for the factories aswell.
But overall the report was pretty fair-to-positive which made it seem as if Apple was being quite responsive to all of the concerns.