More Workers Threaten Suicide at Foxconn
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?
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