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New video shows Foxconn iPad assembly line

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
News Categories: iPad

American Public Media’s Marketplace has been allowed to shoot a short news clip showing the process of iPads being assembled at Foxconn’s Longhua facility in Shenzhen, China. Seen in the 2:35 clip are workers arriving at work, receiving their daily assignments, attaching motherboards and other components, and using a machine to press in the battery. According to the video, workers usually rotate their positions every few days, and see their $14/day starting salary doubled after a couple years. The video also highlights Foxconn’s facilities—relatively nice, compared to other factories—and also demonstrates how small a role automated machines play in the assembly of the iPad. The video is available for viewing in embedded form below.

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Well, if the claim that workers rotate their jobs every few days is accurate (and I have no reason to believe its not), then another of Mike Daisey’s claims (about workers getting repetitive stress injuries because they Foxconn didn’t have workers rotate their jobs) that he fabricated into his story is actually baseless…

Posted by Fanfoot on April 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

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