Thursday, May 27, 2010

How Bad Is It In China?

Nets slung around Apple factories to deter suicidal employees

"SHANGHAI: Protesters have made a traditional Chinese funeral offering to the dead at the headquarters of Foxconn, the makers of Apple's iPad, after the 11th suicide attempt - nine of them successful - at the company's factories so far this year.
Li Hai, a 19-year-old man from Hunan province, fell to his death from the roof of a dormitory building at Foxconn's Longhua factory on Tuesday, leaving the world's largest electronics manufacturer in crisis.
The spate of suicides at Foxconn has highlighted concerns over working conditions inside the giant Longhua factory, where 300,000 workers assemble goods for clients including Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Dell and Nokia. The death comes as Apple, which has not commented, prepares to launch the iPad in Australia."
"The latest death came a day after Foxconn admitted it had paid ''insufficient attention'' to the wellbeing of workers and promised to hire 2000 therapists."
''We are not a sweatshop,'' said Foxconn's founder."


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