An anonymous woman who works at Foxconn technology group, one of Apple‘s biggest manufacturing partners, shared her experience as a factory employee with a CNN reporter. Even though she spends endless hours putting on screens, she had never seen an iPad.
“Wow, I want it,” said “Chen”, 18, brushing her finger across the glossy screen. She is a student who comes from a village outside of the southern city of Chongqing.
Foxconn has hundreds of thousands of employees who work day and night shifts, they eat and sleep at the company facilities, as they help build electronics products for Apple and many other global brand names, such as Amazon’s Kindle and Microsoft’s Xbox.
“It’s so boring, I can’t bear it anymore. Everyday is like: I get off from work and I go to bed. I get up in the morning, and I go to work. It is my daily routine and I almost feel like an animal,” said Chen, who hopes to quit soon to go back to college to become a biologist.
Foxconn recently released a statement defending its corporate practices: “Foxconn takes our responsibility to our employees very seriously and we work hard to give our 1.2 million employees in China a safe and positive working environment and compensation and benefits that are competitive with all of our industry peers in that location.” Apple stated that every worker of worldwide supplier companies must be treated with respect otherwise Apple will stop doing business with them.