At Foxconn Factory, Fast Food and Soccer Stadium Notwithstanding, Nobody's A Fan of the Work

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Abby Zimet

Marketplace's Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz was only the second reporter to gain access to the factory floor at Foxconn's Longhua campus in the city of Shenzhen, home to 240,000 workers making Apple products for about $14 a day. He describes a city with its own restaurants, banks, swimming pools, gym, astro-turf soccer stadium, television station alongside looming factory buildings strung with horizontal nets, installed in response to a string of suicides by workers driven to despair by the "incredibly boring and repetitive work."

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