Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

Tagged: apple, iPad, Suicide, Technology
Source: Slashdot - Read the full article
Posted: 3 years 25 weeks ago

"Employees at Foxconn facilities in China, used to manufacture the iPhone and iPad, were forced to sign a pledge not to commit suicide after over a dozen staff killed themselves over the last 16 months. The revelation is the latest in a series of findings about the treatment of workers at Foxconn plants, where staff often work six 12-hour shifts a week, 98 hours of overtime in a month, and live in dormitories that look and feel like prison blocks."

 

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Anonymous

When this story broke I was considering buying my first Apple product. I bought a 'droid instead. If this is so bad (and I think it is) then vote with your wallet. Then email apple and say "I not buying your product because..." I have emailed them and am still awaiting a reply...

Anonymous

THAT'S CRUEL! MAYBE WE SHALL PROTEST ABOUT THE LABOUR WORK!

Anonymous

My cousin and aunt worked in a battery factory. That was even worse, according to her, they had to handle all the chemicals without breathing protection or skin protection.

My aunt has some heavy metal poisoning now, even 15 years after getting out. Luckily my cousin only worked for under a year. She actually made her own internet start-up and is doing quite well.

These work conditions are truly, truly horrid. People are treated worse than even the poorest dogs in the US. However, especially for the very poor farming families, those factories are better than home because at least, workers are given a bowl of rice.

Anonymous

that is really sad these big corporations are horrible the corporate heads should be forced to live like that for a month and see how it feels

Anonymous

Madness.. No not Madness,...THIS IS CHINAAAAAAA!!!!!

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FIRST of all, it is Illegal in the States to pay less than 7.25!(China doesnt have laws like we do) 2nd, THEY DONT GET PAID OT!!!! REPEAT, they dont Get paid OT! if we worked as hard as they do with 98hrs of OT EVEN WORKING AT MickyD's, your STILL looking at a FAT Wallet. They get paid less than we do while workin at a Fast food resturant. TO me, this IS Slavery! so go ahead and laugh off your 18hr shift, YOUR GETTING PAID.

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@Latoywri
Moove jobs to america? Who would work for 5 or 50 bucks a week in america? Hell no, too lazy. Even if it is horrible work conditions i dont see a lack of employers, tons of people are waiting in lines to get such a job. 12 hours a day, this is not that bad, i jused to work 18 hours a day 7 days a week if needed and that was not as bad as you might think. Job does not make you suicidal, relationship between employer and emploee might, people are just too cruel to each ather.

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ITS ALL APPLES Fault! apple does business with these FAIL companies like Foxconn! tell me, if you had a business that oursource to make profit, but then you see that its being MADE off the backs of 15yr olds for less than a Mcdonalds pay OR something Much like What this Pick shows, Tell me...would u EVER do business with Foxconn Again?

if you say "yes", then you sir, are a Disgrace

The point is That APPLE, KNOWINGLY, outsouces their jobs like this because its Cheaper,because our country laws such as 8hrs a day doesnt apply in china,(YES APPLE knows this), And they Know that FOXCON will produce as many as possible and will put there own ppl thru hell for money!]

These people Kill themselves Making our Entertainment.

Anonymous

Get a brain that news is shit foxconn is not only making iphone's and it is not apple's fault it is foxconn fault

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This, is beyond Utterly disgraceful!! this is the AMERICAN people doin this to those poor and innocent folk...America needs to ban things like this and put those jobs in the U.S. so these fkin greedy Companies cant take advantage of these people with this "Slavery" like behavior.

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there is even a sing and nets at the stairs whit saying don't jump from the railing.
but still how come that the iphone cost so much if they let employers get almost nothing. i really want to know how much the company earns/phone (profit). than you will see that this is a true scandal

Anonymous

This is truly sad, and it really makes me think about how our technological demands here in the west have an adverse effect on other parts of the world. African countries being pillaged of their minerals, and people at this plant KILLING THEMSELVES because that is the better option to them in a life that is cruel. I find it odd that they even made people sign that, unless they are trying to cover their asses. It makes me think of the virginity pledge some girls signed in high school, only to break it immediately or go off and do some oral or anal sex, these pledges are laughable.

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That's absolute disgraceful and cruel, if they kill themselves it's obvious their treated badly or are working too hard in 'bad conditions'.

All for stupid F***** ipads and phones =/

They better not sign that agreement, instead the places they work had better treat them better.

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Anonymous

I've been exploited for a month, working 16h per day for 30 days on a Celebrity Cruises slave ship, oh my bad sorry, cruise ship, for like $1.200/month. Which is why I quit my job, however I lost a lot of money getting that job and flying to USA, and I only made $1.200 so basically I paid $500 to work for free for a month. So yeah, I know it sucks bad, but in China I think it even sucks more. For a small number of people to live extraordinary a lot of other people need to die working. The world is a stupid place to live.

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