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We know that HP’s Chinese sub-contractors take pleasure in an area of opera on the manufacturing line. Exactly what’s constantly been harder to identify though, is who those employees are and what work rights they have. In an effort to preempt the sort of headlines that have affected other brands, HP has actually issued brand-new guidelines to its Chinese partners– consisting of Foxconn– created to restrict the use of students and short-term workers and provide those people more control over their hours.
Pupils frequently seek work throughout trips, however schools near to factories have actually also been understood to press their pupils into handling changes during bouts of high demand– even if it’s to the detriment of their studies. That will not do for a global manufacturer that should be seen as education and learning friendly, so from now on “interns” will only be accepted for work that tallies with their course location, and the School Administrator will simply need to find his kickbacks in other places.
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Mere hours after Motorola revealed that it was extracting of South Korea, it’s disclosed a bargain to offer its Chinese and Brazilian operations to Flextronics for $ 75 million. We will not blame you if you have actually not heard of the producer, which has actually formerly developed XBox and Zune units for Microsoft along with Kodak’s digital cameras. While the stack of cash will go directly to plug the hole in Motorola’s coffers, Flextronics has additionally bought very first dibs on future smartphone manufacturing, something that CEO Mike McNamara says could possibly be worth “several billions” in profits down the line– hopefully the following time Larry utters the words “Motorola” and “Nexus” in the same sentence.
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Foxconn has provided a declaration to Reuters calling reports of a strike at its factory in Zhengzhou, China “incorrect.” The reports, which stem from New York-based China Labor Watch, specified that between 3,000 and 4,000 employees went on strike on Friday since of concerns with quality control policies and being forced to work through nationwide vacations. China Labor Watch also said that “several iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of depression for the whole day.”
” Any type of reports that there has been an employee strike are incorrect.”
According to Foxconn, the plant in concern was subject to “two brief and little arguments” on October 1st and 2nd. Apparently, “any reports that there has been an …
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Aggressive demonstrations in and near Panasonic’s and Canon’s Chinese factories have forced the companies to temporarily suspend operations. According to the French news agency AFP, demonstrators are motivated by nationalistic reasons and events that occurred over the past few days.
The Japanese Government bought a private yet critical archipelago in the East China Sea: the Japanese call it the Senkaku Islands, and the Chinese call it the Diaoyu Islands. The island group is just one of many islands responsible for the strained relationship between the two countries because of geostrategic motivations.
Controlling those islands is essential in order to extend the exclusive economic zones over the sea of whichever country is in control — for now, it is Japan. In the past, fishing stocks were the only incentive to claim control over an island. But over the past couple of decades, two motivations became apparent and even more important: mineral and gas resources and military domination.
An example of the importance of island control would be the infamous String of Pearls, a term coined by geopolitics experts at Booz Allen to describe the American military island bases located all around mainland Asia. And of course, gas and petroleum are a major concern for those major industrial countries, as well.
That is why the media and tens of thousands of Chinese started demonstrating against every sign of Japanese presence in major cities. Employees sabotaged assembly line operations in Japanese companies. As a result, three of the four Panasonic factories, as well as the Canon factory, will be closed for a few days.
Canon announced that work is suspended for security concerns for its workers. But, as a fire occurred in the Panasonic factory located in Qingdao, material destruction could cost a lot as well. Diplomatic buildings, small shops, restaurants, and other companies faced the same issues.
Chinese military boats are now circling the islands, and tear gas and water canons had to be used against violent demonstrators in Shenzhen. Even though Chinese officials are still quiet, the official newspaper of the Communist Party was clear: If the Japanese Government doesn’t reconsider its decision, it should fear economic sanctions. China is currently the first economic partner for Japan.
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Our thoughts this morning are with the folks in Japan and the other Pacific areas affected by the massive 8.9 earthquake that struck about 230 miles East of Tokyo. Reports of damage are flooding in from the country, and indeed many familiar manufacturers are checking in. Sony and Toyota have both stopped operations in their factories due to damage. Tragically, one Honda worker lost his life after a wall collapsed, while several Panasonic workers are said to have suffered minor injuries. We’re still watching with concern to see what other impacts the resultant tsunamis could have, but for now we’ll keep hoping for the best.
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The Venue Pro delay situation certainly isn’t getting any clearer with Dell’s latest update on its support forums, but we know this much for sure: the new kid on the smartphone block still has a few things to learn about shipping handsets. A post from a Dell moderator says the company is working directly with Microsoft to draft a battle plan and that current Venue Pro owners (those that got their devices early on from Microsoft stores, that is) “might require another hardware swap” to get their issues solved. The rep says that she’s hearing that some orders could still potentially ship this week, but she doesn’t know which ones, and that affected customers are welcome to cancel their orders if they wish. So yeah, kind of a good news / bad news situation there. We’re still clinging to hope that we’ll see these things on the streets before the end of 2010, but it certainly seems like an iffy proposition at this point.
Our good buddy Joel Johnson went inside Foxconn’s 540,000 employee factory in Shenzhen. There are 950,000+ thousand employees in China alone. To put that into perspective, Columbus, Ohio, my hometown, is home to 711,470 people.
How do they live? By most standards, fairly well. They sleep eight to a room in a space about as big as a two-car garage and they have TV and exercise stations. They live, in short, the way you’d expect 540,000 people to live – sometimes happily, sometimes upset with each other and their situation, and sometimes tragically.
I’m glad Joel is there to document this and to prove that for all our First World piety, whatever is going on in Foxconn is both good for the employees and good for the bosses. It’s just not good for us as we lag ever-behind the manufacturing might of Asia.
Some businesses learning value of bringing factories back to the U.S.
The story of Bailey Hydropower Private Limited might sound like that of many U.S. manufacturers, except that it happened in India – one of the world’s top destinations for offshore operations.
It seems that quite a few children were discovered working in the factories where they assemble Apple products and components. Why this would come as a surprise to anyone is beyond me. Did people think Apple had a special brushed-aluminum facility surrounded by parks and fountains, where volunteer workers happily put together iPads just for the chance to be part of something magical? No, Apple is a gargantuan electronics company just like any other. I keep telling you! Hold them to a higher standard than Acer or Samsung and you’re bound to be disappointed.
The truth, as John pointed out in his series of articles describing China’s manufacturing districts, is that they’re all sweatshops of varying quality. Even 75% of the workflow is overseen correctly and employs no minors or what have you, what about the subcontracting for this piece of memory or that hinge? Can you guarantee that a fair wage was paid for that, or that kids weren’t involved?
It’s a fact of our globalized and consumer-oriented culture that we need to have stuff created as quickly and cheaply as possible. I’m not taking a position on this, I’m just saying that’s the way it is right now, and stuff like kids getting a dollar a day in Chinese factories is a consequence of it.
Props to CrunchGear