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    Default 10th Worker Kills Self at iPad Factory


    Another worker at the sprawling Shenzhen factory of iPad manufacturer Foxconn has committed suicide, Cult of Mac reports, bringing the sad total for this year to ten. Foxconn, which also manufactures iPhones, iPod and iMacs, not to mention Sony Ericsson and other phones, has come under increasing fire for what labor activists call inhumane conditions at the factory. The association with Foxconn has been a public relations concern for Apple, which had previously reacted with dismay when an employee committed suicide after an iPhone prototype went missing.

    At 6.20 am last Tuesday, according to the Christian Science Monitor, Li Hai, 19, jumped off the roof of a building at Foxconn's complex in Longhua, north of the city of Shenzhen in southern China. His death, reported today in the official Xinhua news service marks the tenth Foxconn employee suicide this year. Two more workers had also tried to kill themselves but survived. The company demands that employees work long hours for little pay: the Monitor article notes that the starting pay is 900 RMB ($130 US) and that workers must put in 30 hours of overtime in order to get to just 2,000 RMB ($295 US).

    Some commentators urge that the numbers be put in perspective, since the rate of pay is not unusual by Chinese standards, and that Foxconn offers better working conditions than many other manufacturers. Also, the Monitor quotes Michael Phillips, the head of the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center estimates that the national suicide rate in the People's Republic is about 15 per 100,000, so 10 suicides at Foxconn's 400,000-worker plant is not abnormally high (the US rate is 11 per 100,000).

    There will be repercussions for Apple, which will likely release an expression of concern similar to that following the suicide of a Foxconn worker who was suspected of stealing a prototype iPhone last year. At the time, an Apple spokesperson said “we require that our suppliers treat all workers with dignity and respect,” so likely there will be more statements and little change. But while it would be easy to blame Apple for trying to cut its costs to the bone, do Western consumers really want to pay more for iPhones and iPads? If there is any blame in this tragedy, there is a lot of it to go around.

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    Heard it a week ago.
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    thats sad




    Please know we are praying Kyle (poetic_folly) and Robyn Matthews for your little one.
    You too blkcadi
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    You left out the part about him being stabbed a few times prior to leaping off the building. The police concluded the knife wounds were self-inflicted. Uh huh. Still, ultra low wage labor is why the US can't compete with the east on production.

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    THis is sooo wrong and very sad

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    In China work kills YOU
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    playing low and getting hi$$$ apple is very low! **** suspense and hiding the iphone or net tech from public thats what killing ppl! and its apple to blame!
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    In soviet russia, building jump off YOU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
    In China work kills YOU
    Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
    In soviet russia, building jump off YOU
    Lmfao.

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    In USA people usually kill their supervisor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
    In USA people usually kill their supervisor...
    haha very true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
    In soviet russia, building jump off YOU
    Ahahahaha you mean In China Buildings jump off YOU?
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    I find it more interesting that many articles on all news sites always say Apple, no mention of others. I am glad this one points out that Foxconn does build parts for many, many other companies too.

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    This thread made me lols
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    interesting they use Dell Computers to test the ipads?

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    interesting they use Dell Computers to test the ipads?
    Dells and Ipads have alot in common Theay Both suck!!! Lol just kidding

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    So Apple employs outrageously under-paid workers, AND sells their products for outrageously high prices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
    interesting they use Dell Computers to test the ipads?
    PC runs the world

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    Quote Originally Posted by Success.Is.Sweet View Post
    Heard it a week ago.
    That was number 9 you heard a week ago...

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    So Apple employs outrageously under-paid workers, AND sells their products for outrageously high prices?
    Go read again, they are paid the average over there, if not a little better, and better work conditions then tons of other places they could be working.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
    I find it more interesting that many articles on all news sites always say Apple, no mention of others. I am glad this one points out that Foxconn does build parts for many, many other companies too.
    Ditto
    Last edited by iPhone3G[S]; 05-25-2010 at 09:31 PM.

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    Unix runs a chunck of the world too.

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