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2,000 Foxconn Worker’s Riot In China

About 2,000 Chinese employees of an iPhone assembly company fought a pitched battle into the early hours of Monday, forcing the huge electronics plant where they work to be shut down.

Authorities in the northern city of Taiyuan sent 5,000 police to restore order after what the plant’s Taiwanese owners Foxconn Technology Group said was a personal dispute in a dormitory that erupted into a mass brawl.

However, some employees and people posting messages online accused factory guards of provoking the trouble by beating up workers at the factory, which employs about 79,000 people and is owned by the world’s largest contract maker of electronic goods.

The unrest is the latest in a string of incidents at plants run by Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co whose shares fell 1 percent on Monday in a broader market that rose 0.2 percent.

Foxconn, which assembles Apple’s iPhones as well as making components for other global electronics firms, has faced accusations of poor conditions and mistreatment of workers at its operations in China, where it employs about 1 million people, including children*.

Workers putting together Apple’s latest iPhone in one of Foxconn’s plants in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China still face “deplorably harsh working conditions” according to a new report published today.

The 10-page report entitled “New iPhone, old abuses,” by the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), claims that workers at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility are still being forced to work overtime and experiencing numerous working violations.

The report, like others the group has put out in the past, is based on offsite interviews with workers at Foxconn factories. This time it’s 60 workers from Zhengzhou during the first week of September 2012.

Listed among the chief findings is excessive overtime that adds “between 80-100 hours” a month of overtime (some of which is not paid, the report says); subcontracted workers that may not have insurance; difficulty striking or organizing a union; frequent contact with strong chemicals; and relocation to other Foxconn facilities without knowledge of when they can return to their original location.

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CNET, "Watchdog Group Once Again Blasts Foxconn, Apple Over Labor."

Cue fellow bloggers wondering why I’m posting this on a day when every single media outlet is offering wall-to-wall coverage of people standing in line for a $200-and-up toy instead.

Robots are stealing iPhone 6 assembly jobs from humans at Foxconn manufacturing facilities

Foxconn is on an iPhone 6-related hiring spree, but the giant Apple supplier isn’t only looking for human workforceIT Home reports that Foxconn may rely on some 10,000 robots to make Apple’s 2014 iPhone models, in addition to humans, with each machine capable of building up to 30,000 units per year, for a theoretical total of 300 million iPhones per year.

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We ran along the railway,
arriving in some place called ‘the City’
where we trade in our youth, and our muscle.
Finally we have nothing to trade, only a cough
and a skeleton nobody cares about.
‘Sleepless’

Midnight. Everyone is sleeping soundly,
We keep our pair of young wounds open.
These black eyes, can you really lead us to the light?
‘Night Shift’

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I swallowed a moon made of iron
They refer to it as a nail
I swallowed this industrial sewage, these unemployment documents
Youth stooped at machines die before their time
I swallowed the hustle and the destitution
Swallowed pedestrian bridges, life covered in rust
I can’t swallow any more
All that I’ve swallowed is now gushing out of my throat
Unfurling on the land of my ancestors
Into a disgraceful poem.

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I want to touch the sky, feel that blueness so light
But I can’t do any of this, so I’m leaving this world
Everyone who’s heard of me
Shouldn’t be surprised at my leaving
Even less should you sigh or grieve
I was fine when I came, and fine when I left.

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Xu Lizhi

On the last day of September, a 24-year-old migrant worker in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen killed himself. Xu Lizhi jumped out of a window of a residential dormitory run by his employer, Foxconn, the huge electronics manufacturing company with a million-strong workforce that makes the majority of the world’s Apple iPhones.

According to accounts from his friends, Xu tried multiple times to leave his job at Foxconn. Applications for positions in libraries and book stores in Shenzhen proved unsuccessful. He also was turned down for a job at an internal library within Foxconn’s compound. Xu moved away for a spell to be with his girlfriend in the city of Suzhou, but that relationship fell through, and he eventually made his way back to Shenzhen and Foxconn.

Xu is not the only Foxconn employee to commit suicide: in 2010, a spate of suicides put the international spotlight on the Taiwanese-run company, which is China’s biggest private employer. Foxconn has since taken effortsto improve working conditions and dormitories. There have been 18 attempted suicides of Foxconn employees in the past five years.

The haunting poetry of a Chinese factory worker who committed suicide

Foxconn Admits Employing Underage ‘Interns’ In China

Taiwan’s Foxconn has admitted employing children as young as 14 on assembly lines at a plant in China, a fresh blow to the tech giant that has been attacked over its treatment of staff after several suicides.

The company, which makes products for Apple and Sony, admitted it hired the underage workers as part of an internship programme, reflecting a practice rights groups said is widespread among enterprises in China.

This is not only a violation of China’s labour law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy," the company said in a statement late Tuesday, referring to Chinese rules that set the legal minimum age for workers at 16.

Immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions," it added.

Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract manufacturer, said it had carried out a probe at the plant in eastern Shandong province, which showed the interns in question, aged from 14 to 16, had worked in there for about three weeks.

A spokesman told AFP the interns had been mainly working on assembly lines at the plant.

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for top global electronics companies, closed a plant in China on Monday after about 2,000 workers were involved in a brawl at a company dormitory.

It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance.

Foxconn said the trouble started with a personal row that blew up into a brawl. But some people posting messages on a Twitter-like site said factory guards had beaten workers and that sparked the melee.

"The plant is closed today for investigation," Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Reuters. An employee contacted by telephone said the closure could last two or three days.

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Foxconn to speed up 'robot army' deployment; 20,000 robots already in its factories

From ITWORLD:

June 26, 2013, 10:20 AM — Manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group is on track with its goal to a create a “million robot army”, and already has 20,000 robotic machines in its factories, said the company’s CEO Terry Gou on Wednesday.

Workers’ wages in China are rising, and so the company’s research in robots and automation has to catch up, Gou said, while speaking at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Taipei. “We have over 1 million workers. In the future we will add 1 million robotic workers,” he said. “Our [human] workers will then become technicians and engineers.”

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November 8, 2012 

Here are some stories you may not otherwise hear about today:

  • Farm workers in South Africa set fire to vineyards in protest of what they call “hunger wages”. They use the term “hunger wages” to describe the conditions they are forced to endure; they cannot afford to feed themselves and are expected to accept a low standard of living while spending most of their productive energy as manual workers. The workers have indicated that they will continue to struggle against their oppression until a better standard of living becomes available.

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There are many reasons the zombie, sprung from the colonial slave economy, is returning now to haunt us. Of course, the zombie is scary in a primordial way, but in a modern way, too. He’s the living dead, but he’s also the inanimate animated, the robot of industrial dystopias. He’s great for fascism: one recent zombie movie (and there have been many) was called “The Fourth Reich.” The zombie is devoid of consciousness and therefore unable to critique the system that has entrapped him. He’s labor without grievance. He works free and never goes on strike. You don’t have to feed him much. He’s a Foxconn worker in China; a maquiladora seamstress in Guatemala; a citizen of North Korea; he’s the man, surely in the throes of psychosis and under the thrall of extreme poverty, who, years ago, during an interview, told me he believed he had once been a zombie himself.

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Eva Dou on the news that Apple is shifting more of its manufacturing business to Foxconn rival Pegatron:

Executive changes at Apple have also made a difference. Mr. Jobs had been easier at forgiving his favorite manufacturing partner, according to several people familiar with the relationship. Now, instead of relying on the uniquely close partnership between “two leaders with a hero complex”—as one of the people said—Mr. Cook is putting a greater premium on risk diversification, they said.

How many times have you heard that Steve Jobs was more “forgiving” than Tim Cook? Not a lot.

Also:

Pegatron Corp., named after the flying horse Pegasus, will be the primary assembler of a low-cost iPhone expected to be offered later this year.

Why am I way more excited about the Pegasus name-drop than the low-cost iPhone name-drop?

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La Popularidad de los iPhone 6 y 6 Plus Aumentan las Ganancias de Foxconn

Foxconn es uno de los mayores socios de fabricación de Apple en China, donde fabrican los dispositivos iPhone y iPad y la mayor parte de la construcción de Mac. Pero la enorme popularidad del los iPhone 6 y 6 Plus es quizás lo que más beneficio a traído a Foxconn, como vamos a contarte a continuación.

Los iPhone 6 y 6 Plus aumentan los beneficios de Foxconn

Foxconn ha tenido un año muy exitoso, con un aumento del beneficio neto del 22% en el 2013, su crecimiento más alto de ganancias en cinco años, debido en parte a la popularidad de los nuevos iPhone 6.

El contrato con Apple representa una gran parte de los ingresos de Foxconn y The Wall Street Journal vincula ese éxito a la popularidad y la alta demanda de los iPhone 6 y 6 Plus.

“El contrato con el fabricante más grande del mundo de la electrónica deriva casi la mitad de los ingresos de su principal cliente, Apple. La compañía vendió 74,5 millones de iPhones 6 en su primer trimestre del año fiscal finalizado el 27 de diciembre, un 46% más respecto al año anterior.” Dice The Wall Street Journal.

La relación de Foxconn con Apple es muy importante y está yendo más allá de una simple relación de fabricación. Apple está creando un programa de canjeo de dispositivos en China, que dará la posibilidad a Foxconn de renovar y revender iPhones a través de sus propios canales.

Ya vimos como el propio Tim Cook visitó la fábrica de Foxconn en China, en octubre del año pasado, la misma donde se fabrica el iPhone.

Nueva fábrica de Foxconn para la fabricación de pantallas OLED

Hace unos meses conocimos el hecho de que Foxconn contaría con una nueva fábrica para poder satisfacer la demanda de Apple para la fabricación de las pantallas OLED para el iPhone y el nuevo Apple Watch.

Aunque esto contradice las palabras del diseñador jefe de Apple, que ya confirmó que no tenían previsto añadir las pantallas OLED en los nuevos modelos de iPhone, lo que nos llevó a pensar que el iPhone 7 seguiría contando con la tecnología LCD habitual.

Seis meses con los iPhone 6 y 6 Plus

El gran éxito de beneficios de Foxconn radica en la popularidad de los nuevos iPhone 6 y 6 Plus, los cuales ya llevan más de seis meses a la venta y ya han surgido muchos rumores sobre sus sustitutos, que podrían ser hasta tres modelos diferentes.

Apple ha batido todos los récords de ventas con sus iPhones de sexta generación, siendo claves para que Apple consiguiera vender 700 millones de unidades del smartphone de la manzana, desde que se lanzó el primer modelo en 2007.

Este enorme éxito en las ventas de los 6 y 6 Plus ha derivado en los buenos beneficios de Foxconn, lo que ha llevado a una buena relación con la compañía de la manzana, como hemos conocido gracias a iMore. Veremos que depara el futuro de esta relación llena de éxitos hasta ahora.

¿Crees que Foxconn mejorará aún más sus beneficios este año? Puedes dejar tus impresiones en los comentarios.

Foxconn founder personally overseeing iPhone 6 production to ensure the biggest launch

Apple is without question Foxconn’s largest and most important client. The China-based electronics manufacturing giant has seen its revenue skyrocket since it began building iPhones and iPads for Apple, and 2014 will seemingly be the biggest year yet for the iPhone, with two new models set to debut and as many as 80 million units on order.

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