Journalist Rob Schmitz was in news when he exposed the lies and fabrications of Mike Daisey about Apple and Foxconn. Earlier this week, we reported that Schmitz had been invited to have a look in an iPad manufacturing factory of Foxconn in China.
After seeing everything, Rob Schmitz published a series of reports in American Public Media’s Marketplace detailing factory conditions in China. Schmitz had been granted unprecedented access by Apple and Foxconn to see their factories. Schmidt not only detailed the conditions he saw but also managed to interview both workers and their supervisors.
You can find a new video tour which was recently posted, revealing an exclusive look into how iPads are built and tested. The video can be found below:
Schmitz discussed how the Foxconn factories can be compared to cities with nearly 240,000 people working there and nearly 50,000 of employees living on campus in shared dorm rooms. Schmitz said that there were a slew of common routine places to go such as fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores and sports utilities such as basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, swimming pools, etc. He added that there was also a radio station for the area along with a news station. The Foxconn campus had its own fire department.
As far as the working conditions go, Schmitz mentioned that work at Foxconn usually involves long hours of tedious work but it was far from sweatshop conditions many portray it to be.
Schmitz said, “There have been poisoned workers, and Apple’s own audits have caught underage workers at factories making Apple products, but here’s another fact that also might be missing from this whole conversation: From what we know these are rare occurrences in Apple’s supply chain. Life at factories that make Apple products is not all hunky-dory, but the truth is much more complicated than how Daisey’s portrayed the situation.”
It seems Schmitz got a nice response from Apple for protecting journalistic ethics.