14. Foxconn has a million, yes, literally a MILLION workers in China.
Their factories are full cities complete with sports stadiums, shopping malls and public swimming pools.
The workers range from 16 (legal working age in China) to 25. A worker works 2 to 5 years then leaves. They work as hard as they can for a short period to take back savings to their rural homes. There are no older workers.
There is nearly no automation. Everything is done by hand. Millions of hands.
The only requirement for employment is that they can talk and take orders. Thousands line up for the mind numbingly tedious jobs, every day.
I don't see how this could be duplicated here in the US.
I heard all this tonight at a live talk by journalist Rob Schmitz from American Public Radio's Marketplace how. He is their China correspondent and is the person who discovered that the This American Life report about Apple in China was untrue. He speaks fluent Chinese and visited the factories and talked with dozens of Foxconn workers there. He even joined one worker's trip home and met his family in a rural farming area.
Foxconn makes 60% of the world's electronics from all companies, not just Apple.
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