Making Apple gadgets meaningless

A life working long hours making Apple gadgets for wealthy foreigners with more money than sense is totally meaningless and is the real reasons behind the suicides at Foxconn factories, according to workers.

One of the workers, who Business Week has named as Ah Wei, has been telling the local press that life at the plant is meaningless.

“Everyday, I repeat the same thing I did yesterday. We get yelled at all the time. It’s very tough around here.”

People can’t talk on the production line, you can only go to the loo for 10 minutes every two hours and the plant is noisy.

On top of that he earns only $132 which is not enough to send home to his family.

More than 10 workers at the plant have exited the company via the roof and forced the outfit to open its factories to outside scrutiny.

Other workers complained that 80 percent of the front-line production employees work standing up, some for 12 hours a day for six days a week.

“It’s hard to make friends because you aren’t allowed to chat with your colleagues during work. Most of us have little education and have no skills so we have no choice but to do this kind of job. I feel no sense of achievement and I’ve become a machine.”

On top of this there is the problem that many of the workers are young who are away from home for the first time.

Foxconn points out that its labour policies and practices are in line with industry standards and are regularly reviewed by government authorities and customers

An associate professor of Business Administration at Taipei’s National Chengchi University said that Foxconn’s working conditions are among the best in China.

Huang Ping-der pointed out that the recent suicides in China have highlighted weaknesses in the company’s management structure.