My short trip to Foxconn
Preface: I usually just frequent the Neogaf Off-topic forum, but I am also a big fan of The Verge and think this may be a more appropriate audience for this:
I had some business to take care in Shenzhen earlier today, and had the afternoon free, so I decided to head over to Foxconn's Shenzhen plant and check out how things are.
I only spent about 3 or so hours there.
The area is huge--I only spent my time around the southern half. There was a lot more to explore.
I didn't interview workers, 1) I didn't have too much time there, 2) I know people who've interviewed workers already, 3) I was getting enough stares walking around with my big camera and dragging a piece of luggage around. I did talk to a guy who worked in Dongguan and was standing outside the gates waiting for a cousin, I might've had a chance to talk to his cousin, but I didn't want to wait and wanted to explore more.
Here's my Flickr album, which has many more photos:
The subway stop closest to the plant--the area is still under development to put it mildly.
Foxconn workers basically all wear this standard uniform, colors seem to be in pink for the women. Foxconn's Chinese name in front, English name on back.
I don't know if that's some fortune teller stuff or Chinese chess.
There were a ton of cell phone shops nearby, oddly enough. Including a fake "Official Android" store.
A forlorn looking worker.
Not all Foxconn workers are young.
Soda and cigs (after work?)
The factory premises were off-limits to non-employees.
It's like the subway--you need to tap your card to get in.
The guard checks bags of people leaving the premises. A low-tech way to prevent leaks, I guess.
Ad for a basic worker position. 1800 RMB ($286) per month for first 9 months, up to 2800 RMB ($444 with overtime). 2200 RMB ($349) per month afterwards, up to 3500 RMB ($555) with overtime. Also talks about education/age/heath requirements, year-end bonuses, vacation days, social security, etc.
People looking at hiring information.
A poster telling potential employees that Foxconn does not take money for hiring people, and a list of ways people might scam you into paying them to get a Foxconn job. Additional warnings and a banner say the same thing--don't pay anybody for a Foxconn job, Foxconn does not accept money for jobs, you're getting cheated/tricked if you're paying someone for a job.
I think this was the end of a shift, workers coming out of the West gate.
Glued to their phones.
There is a lot of construction on the western side, with the roads very dusty.
Outside of the east gate, there was a place where a lot of workers played pool. Or the Chinese version of it.
The west gate had this area where a ton of workers played cards.
Right next to the south gate, there is a small shopping mall with different electronics shops. The most interesting is there is this Apple reseller.
It seems like many Foxconn workers come here to play with iDevices. I'm not sure if they're websurfing--I know that two people were just playing games for a very long time.
This guy seem addicted to what I think was that Namco Sky Gamblers game.