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How workers toil at Foxconn, the human sweat-shop

Last updated on: April 3, 2012 14:25 IST

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Foxconn is primarily an original design manufacturer and its clients include American, European and Japanese companies. Notable products which the company manufactures include the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. It is the largest exporter in Greater China and the largest private-sector employer in China.

Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, mostly relating to how it manages employees in China, where it is the largest private employer.

Let's have a look at the Foxconn factory in China and Taiwan.

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Image: Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, visits the iPhone production line at the Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.
Photographs: Apple/Handout/Reuters

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A worker walks outside Foxconn in China's southern city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province.

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Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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A job seeker yawns as he queues outside Foxconn recruitment centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

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Employees eat their meal on a guardrail of a bridge near Foxconn recruitment centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

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A Foxconn worker walks past a factory belonging to affiliate Foxconn Premier Image Technology (China) Ltd in Foshan in Guangdong province, southern China.

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Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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A job seeker walks down stairs at a recruitment centre, past a poster on the wall which reads 'Welcome to Foxconn, Join Us For a Better Living', in Zhengzhou, Henan province in central China.

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Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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A woman cycles under a banner which reads 'Work at Foxconn, Live a More Prosperous Life' in a village near the Foxconn factory building in Zhengzhou, Henan province in central China.

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Workers from Foxconn take part in a 'Treasure Your Life' rally inside a stadium at a Foxconn plant in the southern Chinese township of Longhua in Guangdong province.

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Workers from Foxconn take part in a 'Treasure Your Life' rally inside a stadium at a Foxconn plant in the southern Chinese township of Longhua in Guangdong province.

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Workers from Foxconn take part in a 'Treasure Your Life' rally inside a stadium at a Foxconn plant in the southern Chinese township of Longhua in Guangdong province.

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Jobseekers wait to be interviewed at the entrance of a recruitment office at a job fair held by Foxconn Technology Group in Zhengzhou, Henan province.

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Photographs: Donald Chan/Reuters

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Worker at work during a night shift in Foxconn's new factory in Zhengzhou, Henan province in central China.

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Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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A worker, right, talks to her relatives through the steel fence at a Foxconn factory in Langfang, Hebei Province, China.

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Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters

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A worker walks out of a factory building with the nets, installed to prevent workers from jumping to their deaths, at a Foxconn factory, in Langfang, Hebei Province.

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Security guards walk under nets, installed on a factory building to prevent workers from jumping to their deaths, at a Foxconn factory, in Langfang, Hebei Province.

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Employees work inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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Ma Zishan cries as he carries a portrait of his son Ma Xiangqian outside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua, Guangdong province.

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Foxconn workers take part in a group exercise at a business district near their factory in the township of Longhua, Guangdong province.

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Workers look on from a Foxconn logo near the gate of a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua, Guangdong province.

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Labour union protesters lay flowers to symbolise mourning in during a protest outside the Hong Hai headquarters in Tucheng, Taipei.

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Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters

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Policemen stand guard outside the headquarters during a protest by labour unions in Tucheng, Taipei.

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Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters
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A local resident carrying flowers to mourn the deaths of Foxconn workers is stopped from entering a Foxconn factory by a staff member in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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Foxconn workers walk on a footbridge outside their factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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A man carries a banner outside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province. The banner reads 'I want to meet Terry Gou. I know the reason behind the suicide of Foxconn workers, and the way to solve it. I hope to get RMB$1 million as a reward'.

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Taiwanese tycoon Terry Gou, founder of Foxconn, visits a residential complex for high-ranking workers at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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A man rides his scooter past the Foxconn headquarters in Tucheng, Taipei County.

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Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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Cao Yi, 24, from Henan province poses as he works inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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A worker examines a circuit board inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.

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Workers wait in line to seek help from the management outside a workers' care centre at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province.


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