Journalist poses as new worker in iPhone 5 factory – report

Ashleigh Allsopp
13 September, 2012
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A journalist claims to have gone undercover in a Foxconn factory where the iPhone 5 is being made, in order to get inside information about the device and its manufacturing process.

MIC Gadget has translated the report from Shanghai Evening Post, which claims that one of its “experienced journalists” managed to sneak inside the Tai Yuan Foxconn factory posing as a new worker for ten days.

According to the report, the journalist chose to leave the factory after ten days due to “undesirable working conditions,” but has written a diary of the events that occurred during the time he spent there.

“The whole dormitory smells like garbage when I walked in…when I opened my wardrobe, lots of cockroaches crawled out from inside and the bed sheets that are being distributed to new workers were full of dirt and ashes,” the reporter revealed.

The new workers were made to sign a contract that states that all employees will keep technical information, sales figures, human resources and production statistics confidential.

Apparently, during a briefing, an instructor told new workers: “When you leave the lab, there’s no advanced technology, you only need to obey instructions… you might feel uncomfortable of how we treat you, but this is all for your own good.”

The journalist noted that all of the dormitories have bars over the windows to try to prevent suicides.

When entering the production floor, workers are greeted by a warning sign that reads: “TOP SECURITY AREA,” and are not allowed to take any metal items in. If the metal detector alarm goes off, the worker will be fired instantly.

According to the journalist, once inside the production area, the workers were shown the back of the iPhone 5, and were told: “This is the new unleashed iPhone 5 back plate, you should be honoured having the chance to produce it.”

“By my own calculation, I have to mark five iPhone plates every minute, at least,” said the journalist. “For every 10 hours, I have to accomplish 3,000 iPhone 5 back plates. There are a total of four production lines in charge of this process, 12 workers in every line. Each line can produce 36,000 iPhone 5 back plates in half a day, this is scary.”

It is worth noting that these claims have not yet been verified, so we don’t know if some of the journalists report has been fabricated.

Foxconn has been under fire this year after being accused of mistreating its employees, which resulted in the company’s CEO Terry Gou promising to double workers’ wages by the end of 2013. Some reports suggest that Apple has been helping Foxconn pay for those wage increases.

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