More Workers Threaten Suicide at Foxconn

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 29th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2c6rmo9p/
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At Foxconn, workers are again threatening to commit suicide.

They said they were going to improve working conditions, but have they?

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of Apple products, is China's single biggest employer, with over 1.2 million workers. At their factory in Wuhan, during the third week in April, over 200 workers threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a building. The action was taken to protest low wages and miserable working conditions. The workers engaged in a wildcat strike and only returned to work after police intervened.

The Hong Kong based activist group Information Center for Human Rights said that one of the complaints was that workers earned less in Wuhan than they did in previous jobs. Both Apple and Foxconn have stated that they have greatly improved working conditions, but these latest revelations give pause to wonder.

On Tuesday, April 24th, Apple reported record fiscal second quarter earnings, with its net income almost doubling from the previous quarter due to sales of its new iPhone. This begs the question: does Apple generate record earnings off the backs of its severely mistreated workers?

Link:
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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
29th Apr 2012 (#)

I do not have an Apple computer, iphone, or any apple products, I wonder though, do you think that other factories are any different? As we send jobs to China and India because we want cheap labor, should we expect any to be better?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Apr 2012 (#)

No, I hear that other factories there are worse, but the negative publicity fell on Apple because they're so dominant with their 'i' products. I have no apple products either. Thanks for commenting Mark.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
30th Apr 2012 (#)

When one buys an Apple product or any other electronic product, he does not think how he gets it at that low a price. It is because of the meager salary and poor working conditions the workers behind it get. The manufacturer is happy and we are also happy, but the workers never are.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2012 (#)

You are so very right, Pradeep. thank you for that perceptive comment.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Apr 2012 (#)

I have always maintained that China does not follow Marx. It is a naked dictatorship and workers have no rights.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2012 (#)

That is for certain, and this "democratic" country, the USA, could care less how China treats its workers.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
30th Apr 2012 (#)

I have been struggling with my computer problems and trying to get a picture off my cell phone nearly all day today. Those poor workers, underpaid and mistreated. They are producing products I could consider doing without. I used to have much more time before all this technology took over. Thanks, Steve.

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author avatar Buzz
30th Apr 2012 (#)

I wonder why Apple condones such brutal acts of its Chinese manufacturer.

(Btw, China is inside our territory they claim as theirs bullying a small, defenseless country. Had Pres. Truman let MacArthur invade China, it would have become democratic earlier on and there wouldn't have been a North Korea.)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Capitalism always condones this kind of behavior.

I can't agree about Truman/MacCarthur. As Mao told Nixon "You want to invade us? We'll send a million men against you. You kill those million, we'll send a million more. Kill those million, we'll send a million more..."

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author avatar rarity
30th Apr 2012 (#)

What's wrong with China? Why is it making people's lives miserable?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Apr 2012 (#)

oh dear Steve..so much awful stuff being perpetrated...as I have said so many times...man's inhumanity to man..will it ever change?

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author avatar Melissa D. Ing
1st May 2012 (#)

I have no apple products either and after this I don't think I ever will. Interesting concept threatening suicide, I wonder what hte response would be if we did it in Canada/USA would they send us all to the psych ward or send in counselors or just fire us?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2012 (#)

Good questions you raise Melissa. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2012 (#)

Many, like me, revolt at these practices. But who will bell the fat cats? Capitalism should not be free all and be all riding roughshod over basic humanity. Thanks for making us think again Steve, and goad the few to recheck their conscience, if they have any! siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2012 (#)

Thank you very much for that comment Siva.

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