Nets slung around Apple factories (sweatshops) to deter suicidal employees

Nets slung around Apple factories to deter suicidal employees


Source: SMH

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.

Advertisement: Story continues belowThe Longhua factory is the biggest in the world and is responsible for 20 per cent of exports emerging from Shenzhen, the one-time fishing village now one of the
capitals of the world’s manufacturing industry.

In the lobby of Foxconn’s headquarters in Hong Kong, two dozen activists laid mannequins to rest and conducted funeral rites. ”We are staging the protest because of the high death rate [at Foxconn], with an
abnormal number of workers committing suicide in the past five months,”
said Debby Chan, a spokesman for Students and Scholars Against
Corporate Misbehaviour.

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, Terry Gou, who rushed to the factory to manage the crisis. The 59-year-old, who founded Foxconn in 1974, added: ”We are doing a lot every day and we are
confident the situation will soon stabilise. A manufacturing team of
800,000 people is very difficult to manage.”

In response to the bad publicity, workers have been told to sign letters promising not to kill themselves and even agreeing to be sent to psychiatric institutions if they appear to be in an ”abnormal mental or
physical state for the protection of myself and others”, according to
Taiwan’s CTI cable TV channel.

Nets were also reportedly being hung around buildings to deter suicidal employees.

Although the number of suicides is statistically in line with the Chinese average for young people, the rate of cases appears to be gathering speed. China has been transfixed by the problems at one of its
prize companies, and security camera footage of one suicide victim, a
24-year-old woman named Zu Chengmin, walking unsteadily out on to the
roof of a Foxconn building on her way to her death was aired on the main
news bulletins.

”You cannot compare the situation with the national average suicide rate,” said Jin Shenghua, a professor of psychology at Beijing Normal University, who is now advising the company. ”When the rate of suicide
jumps rapidly it is alarming. You can only compare this with the
situation in other similar factories.”

Nine Chinese social sciences professors said in an open letter to Foxconn: ”[The deaths] force us to question the future of the ‘factory of the world’ and the new generation of migrant workers.

”This new generation of workers is better-educated, has higher dreams, more thoughts and can feel greater suffering.”.

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Comment by Sweettina2 on May 28, 2010 at 10:52pm
Amen, fireguy!
Comment by fireguy on May 28, 2010 at 10:40pm
IDJ, they sleep very well, they have no souls, at least none that they care about.
They will get worse than pitchforks and rope.

Pro 10:16 The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

James 5:1-6
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.

Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.

Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.


You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

Jam 5:6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

Mar 9:41-42

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck."
Comment by Sweettina2 on May 28, 2010 at 9:40pm
They are commie lackeys, helping them build empires on dead bodies and suffering. Even now it seems unreal that there are people like that. You are right, total scum.
Comment by illuminated-dj on May 28, 2010 at 9:35pm
Pitchforks,torches and rope is what these slavemasters deserve.how do the ceo's of these companies sleep at night?total scum!

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