The New York Times has run a follow-up story to their earlier excellent coverage of Foxconn/Apple China labor problems and mitigation efforts. The article ran early in the week, but I was only able to get to it this morning because of VPN (i.e., technical) issues. The basic take away from “Signs of Changes Taking [...]
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, it’s about Apple and is a big story. But three times? I’ve had enough.
Another example of weibo-driven news coverage running out ahead of the facts.
Just when I thought I was out of the Foxconn commentary biz, they pull me back in.
Certainly looks like a clean bill of health to me, with Foxconn remediation efforts proceeding according to schedule.
The Guardian reports on the latest study of labor conditions at Foxconn factories. Hong Kong workers’ rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) found that: Grueling workloads, humiliating punishments and battery-farm living conditions remain routine for workers assembling Apple’s luxury electronics, according to one of the most detailed reports yet on life inside China’s Foxconn factories. The researchers [...]
Should we really be celebrating and encouraging the 80-hour work week, or are we simply rationalizing inequality?
The FLA has issued its report on Foxconn. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it does provide additional data and a road map for remedial measures.
You see what happens when a real, important story is “improved upon” by an entertainer? We get this kind of thing from Foxconn: “Our corporate image has been totally ruined,” said Foxconn spokesman Simon Hsing. “The point is whatever media that cited the program should not have reported it without confirming (with us).” Hsing added that [...]
Remember that one-man show about Foxconn labor practices that got so much attention? Turns out there was some serious dramatic license going on there.
Working conditions at electronics supplier Foxconn is a valid issue. Too bad some of the reporting is melodramatic and incorrect, which really skews the discussion in which we’re engaged. Check out this language from ZDNet: So we should cut to the chase that Apple is absolutely not unique in having products made by workers which are [...]
The latest flurry of stories about Apple and working conditions in Foxconn factories is a media circle jerk, not a discussion of breaking news.
I know it’s not realistic, but I just wish NGOs in China could channel some of their anti-corporate energy into government lobbying, and if they do, that the press would care.
Protests are nice, but if people want to make an impact on the Apple-Foxconn situation, they have to stop buying iCrap.
Online activists try to organize anti-Foxconn demonstration in Beijing, but the police get there first.
What with the thinly-veiled erotic pleasure that many early adopters of the iPad are experiencing these days, it is with some trepidation that I bring up the topic of the travails of one of Apple’s hardware suppliers in China, Foxconn. Foxconn has had lots of problems lately, mostly due, as you can imagine, to the [...]