Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

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The Washington Post: Foxconn denies vocational students forced to work

By Hayley Tsukayama

A report from The New York Times has highlighted complaints that Foxconn, which assembles components for Apple and other technology companies, has been forcing vocational student workers to make iPhones.

The accusations come from two groups, which have been following Foxconn’s practices closely: A Taiwanese group called Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior and the New York-based group China Labor Watch. China Labor Watch has also been vocal lately about working conditions in Samsung factories, prompting Samsung to look into reports that the companies in its production chain use underage workers to build its phones.

New York Times: China Plant Again Faces Labor Issue on iPhones


SHANGHAI — As Apple prepares to unveil the latest iPhone this week, the company’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology, is coming under renewed criticism over labor practices after reports that vocational students were being compelled to work at plants making iPhones and their components.

Foxconn has acknowledged using student “interns” on manufacturing lines, but says they are free to leave at any time. But two worker advocacy groups said Monday that they had spoken with students who said they had been forced by their teachers to assemble iPhones at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, in north-central China.

FLA report shows some policy changes at Foxconn but few improvements for workers

Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but not for workers

“What’s wrong with sweatshops?” sums up the attitude of Terry Gou Taiming, the Foxconn CEO. In April 2012, when Foxconn organised a trip to Taiwan for selected Mainland workers, Gou explained his views to the Taiwan media, saying “There’s nothing wrong with working hard, with blood and sweat, as long as no laws are broken.” Most of the workers are angry with Terry Gou’s statement. “Of course sweatshops are good for Terry Gou, but not us. Without our blood and sweat, how could Foxconn grow rapidly?” Lin Yong, a male worker from Guanlan campus retorted.

Apple and Foxconn are lying and calling the kettle black

On 16 March 2012, the NPR radio programme This American Life announced that spoken word performer Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Estasy of Steve Jobs monologue was partially fabricated. The programme retracted the episode concerned immediately. Sfoon after the announcement, Foxconn’s spokesperson Louis Woo responded that “I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed.” Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) is disturbed by Foxconn’s comments as if it is innocent. Since 2008 SACOM has been monitoring the working conditions at Apple suppliers in China, including at Foxconn and Wintek. During 2010 and 2011, we issued five [...]