NYT: Staffing at Foxconn iPhone factory down 30%

From Ailin Tang’s “Apple Takes a Hit in China, and Workers There Feel the Pain” in Saturday’s New York Times.

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, employment at a vast factory that makes iPhones has fallen to about 70,000 from the already low pre-Lunar New Year level of more than 100,000 a year ago, according to China Labor Watch, which tracks working conditions and speaks to workers in China.

In a statement, the Zhengzhou factory’s owner, the Taiwanese electronics supplier Foxconn, declined to comment directly on the group’s figures but said it was constantly reviewing its operations and planned to add more than 50,000 positions across China in the first three months of the year.

My take: These are stunning numbers. Not the changes down and up (who really knows what they mean?), but the sheer number of Chinese hands it takes to assemble these things.


  1. Robert Harris said:
    I wonder how much of this Is due to robotic s

    February 2, 2019
  2. Gianfranco Pedron said:
    From the NYT article: “Huang Qionghuang owns a stall that sells bras that won’t set off metal detectors …”

    Wow! The NYT now actually names their supply chain rumor sources instead of simply calling them “people familiar with the matter”.

    Can we hope to see more transparent reporting in the future?

    February 2, 2019
  3. John Konopka said:
    Is it really exclusively an iPhone factory, or do they assemble other products besides iPhones?

    February 2, 2019
    • David Drinkwater said:
      Also, has Apple diversified it’s iPhone supply chain in ways that the NYT does not capture?

      February 4, 2019

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