Because of the production of the iPhone 12, Foxconn tightened the working conditions

Foxconn tightens working conditions for iPhone 12 production

The Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou (China) is responsible for the production of the iPhone 12 models, among other things. It was not only since the book “Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of China's Workers“By the researcher and assistant professor Jenny Chanwho works at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

According to Chan, suicide, excessive overtime, hostility and violence are found in Foxconn's manufacturing facilities. While we find the 40-hour week too long, a 72-hour week is a "normal" working week there.

Foxconn plant in Shenzhen in 2005 (Photo Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia).
Foxconn plant in Shenzhen in 2005 - these days the production facilities look more modern (Photo: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia).

24-hour production and 4 days off a month

The South China Morning Post now reports that China's largest iPhone factory has increased production again in order to be able to deliver the iPhone 12 in large quantities to Apple in time for the October 2020 launch. The employees work on the new iPhone model in three shifts and, if possible, should also cancel all public holidays until the Apple Keynote takes place.

According to the SCMP, employees are allowed to take four days off per month, but instead of making these days off mandatory for employees, bonuses are still offered if you participate in production beyond the normal workload.

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Despite the strenuous work and the few days off, the new employees get into the factory. If you stay longer than 90 days and work plenty of overtime, you can significantly improve your salary

For example, if they started before September 18 and then stay 90 days, employees of an iPhone assembly unit receive a bonus of 10.000 yuan, which corresponds to around EUR 1250.

The Foxconn plant, which is responsible for the majority of the iPhone 12 production, is located in Zhengzhou (Photo: Relief / Pixabay).
The Foxconn plant, which is responsible for the majority of the iPhone 12 production, is located in Zhengzhou (Photo: Relief / Pixabay).

200.000 workers in one factory

According to the SCMP, local authorities are also ensuring that iPhone 12 production proceeds with maximum efficiency. The corona pandemic has of course caused restrictions, but ultimately the entire export production was even improved by 50 percent compared to the previous year.

If you point your finger at Apple and read on your Kindle in the evening, you should be careful. The producer Foxconn is mainly known through reports on the iPhone production, but Kindle devices from Amazon, PlayStations and much more are screwed together in its works.

Foxconn manufactures electronic products for major American, Canadian, Chinese, Finnish and Japanese companies. Notable products manufactured by Foxconn include the BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone 11, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo 3DS, Nokia devices, Xiaomi devices, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and several CPU sockets, including the TR4 CPU socket on some motherboards. (Source:Wikipedia)

Whether the 200.000 employees at the factory in Zhengzhou will manage to handle the first rush for the new iPhone 12 models, we will probably know on October 16, when, according to the rumor mill, the pre-order will start.

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2 comments on “Because of the production of the iPhone 12, Foxconn is tightening working conditions”

  1. Arithmetic?
    The article says that the company runs three shifts 24 hours a day.
    24: 3 = 8 hours. x 7 days = 56 hours. That would be the maximum hourly yield per worker and week.
    How then do 72 hours a week come about? At most if travel time / moving etc. are still included in working hours. And that doesn't apply to us during working hours either.

    Fun fact on the side: Foxconn is a Taiwanese company, although most of the production facilities are in the PRC.

    1. Unfortunately, I can't explain it either, but since they can also work a lot of overtime, it may be that the shifts do not separate, but overlap. Then it might not be 8 hours a day, but significantly more. In fact, I strongly suspect this is the case, since as late as 2018, Time wrote: “The report also notes that factory workers worked up to 100 hours of overtime per month at peak times. A maximum of 36 hours of overtime per month is allowed.” They can't manage that, the shifts alternate.

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