The iPhone makers live among rats and worms

Foxconn

This week was marked by a careful inspection of the working conditions of the employees of a factory. Foxconn, in India. However, only the authorities had been able to get there for the moment, but not journalists. It is now done, since Reuters sent its own teams there. And what they discovered there gave shivers down the spine.

Indeed, it turns out that the living quarters of the employees were on the one hand infested with rats, on the kitchen side, and on the other hand that some toilets were not connected to any water supply. Worse yet: worms have been found in the ingredients for preparing meals. Perhaps this is the origin of food poisoning that occurred a little earlier, in the same context as violently suppressed protests.

Crowded dormitories

Some women officiating at Foxconn also claim to be piled up by several dozen (six to thirty people, according to accounts) on the floor when it comes to sleeping, in the same room. Remember that the current health risks are still very present on the peninsula, where a new wave of coronavirus contaminations seems to be on the verge of falling.

Not wishing to be identified for fear of reprisals, the victims also ensure that many of them are victims ofallergies or abdominal pain. Up to two hundred and fifty people were said to have been poisoned by spoiled food. Apple, which is a major customer for Foxconn, the latter assembling its iPhones by the millions, has since chosen to put the complex in “probation“. This could mean that production will not resume in earnest until the hygiene issues are addressed.

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Apple reacts

The firm of Tim Cook has also finally chosen to speak about the situation. Through a spokesperson, the company explains that the environment in which Foxconn workers operate does not “not meet his requirements”And that he is about to be resolvedquickly“. To do this, the two companies would think together to put in place the best possible solutions.

In the state of Tamil Nadu, at least eleven square meters must be reserved for each worker, reminds Reuters.

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