Undercover in Chinese iPhone factory
Dejian Zeng may have built your phone. Or at least worked on it, anyway.
second-year masters of public administration student at NYU Wagner
spent six weeks last year working in a Chinese factory manufacturing
iPhones for Cupertino-based Apple. Six days a week he screwed
approximately 1,800 screws into 1,800 iPhones. Every day. Over and over
Why did he do this? It wasn’t for the wages, which at
approximately 3,100 yuan a month (roughly $450) are not even enough to
buy one of the iPhone 6s phones he helped produce. Instead Zeng teamed
up with New York University and the NGO China Labor Watch to investigate
working conditions in a Chinese manufacturing plant.
Zeng was tasked as the investigator, and his target was the Taiwanese electronics giant Pegatron.