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Apple and Foxconn confirmed they broke a Chinese labor law by hiring too many temporary workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory


On the eve of Apple announcing the iPhone 11, a report from China Labour Watch has accused the company – along with its manufacturing partner Foxconn – of profiting from worker exploitation to build the new phone. Investigators from China Labour Watch went undercover at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, the largest iPhone factory in the world … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 13, 2019


Trump knew the Chinese all along, all too well. The “trade war” never risked creating a real war; the “trade war” was a ploy the whole time—part of an elaborate scheme to provoke the Chinese into striking too soon. He says talks are going well with China—he can’t not say that. China is indeed willing … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 22, 2019


China faces more scrutiny from its own propaganda while Taiwan searches its own soul. Taiwanese elections are fast approaching. Demagoguery is in full swing. Even the founder of Foxconn says a Chinese god told him to run for president. We could say that billionaires are the presidential trend, but Terry Gou’s (郭台銘) money is largely … Continue reading

Wages rising in Chinese factories? Only for some


If we are to take recent news reports at face value, the collective conscience of the world’s consumers can be eased: conditions at Chinese factories are improving. Last year, The New York Times told us that these workers are “cheap no more.” This February, the Heritage Foundation, touting the virtues of global free trade, claimed that Chinese factory wages have risen … Continue reading

Where have China’s workers gone?


Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are taking over China’s leadership at a time when growth has slackened and labour issues have become more complex. Reports that businesses such as Foxconn Technology Group are raising wages and struggling to recruit workers in China have intensified debate over just how many surplus workers the country still has. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

The labour relations crisis in China


As Chinese labour becomes more expensive and a disaffected migrant workforce increasingly stays home, an increasing share of China’s export manufacturing business is drawn to cheaper venues in Southeast Asia. But this is only the tip of a very large iceberg.  The rise of labour protest in China and the systemic problems which underlie it are … Continue reading

Can we trust Foxconn’s new ‘democratic’ Chinese factories?


A few years ago, the multinational tech manufacturer Foxconn, a brand previously vaunted as a symbol of China’s 21st century industrial ascent, was marred by the image of miserable young factory workers flinging themselves off of buildings. The company rolled into damage control mode with typical efficiency. Along with emergency suicide nets installed outside dormitories came … Continue reading

Signs of changes taking hold in electronics factories in China


One day last summer, Pu Xiaolan was halfway through a shift inspecting iPad cases when she received a beige wooden chair with white stripes and a high, sturdy back. At first, Ms. Pu wondered if someone had made a mistake. But when her bosses walked by, they just nodded curtly. So Ms. Pu gently sat down and … Continue reading

China: Foxconn security guards beat workers resulting in riot


Global Times reports: “Foxconn was forced to shut down its plant in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Monday after a fight broke out among 2,000 of its workers late Sunday, leaving some 40 people injured, the Taiwan electronics giant said. “The brawl occurred at about 11 pm Sunday in a worker dormitory. Around 5,000 policemen were sent … Continue reading

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