Your iPod Made for $4 a Day…Enjoy!
Gizmodo has an interesting summary of a Southern Weekly undercover piece on Foxconn’s factory in Shenzhen, China. Foxconn is one of Apple’s main manufacturing contractors, and is also a factory which has seen 9 suicide attempts (7 succesful) at its Chinese factory over the past half year. To investigate, Southern Weekly sent a reporter undercover to work at the factory for 28 days. He found that workers are forced to work nearly 24/7 with only quick breaks to eat or sleep. All of this is done for roughly $130 a month ($4.33 a day).
Everyone knows Apple products are generally tremendous, but something has to be done about this kind of thing:
Another worker spoke about one of the favorite activities in the factory lines: He likes to drop stuff on the floor. Why? Workers spend achingly up to eight hours standing up, so they feel that squatting down to grab a fallen object is the most restful moment of their working day.
Makes that iPad seem a little less kick-ass, huh?
[Original article in Chinese for the bilingual here]