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You are NOT allowed to commit suicide: Workers in Chinese iPad factories forced to sign pledges

Factories making sought-after Apple iPads and iPhones in China are forcing staff to sign pledges not to commit suicide, an investigation has revealed. At least 14 workers at Foxconn factories in China have killed themselves in the last 16 months as a result of horrendous working conditions. Many more are believed to have either survived attempts or been stopped before trying at the Apple supplier's plants in Chengdu or Shenzen.

After a spate of suicides last year, managers at the factories ordered new staff to sign pledges that they would not attempt to kill themselves, according to researchers. And they were made to promise that if they did, their families would only seek the legal minimum in damages. An investigation of the 500,000 workers by the Centre for Research on Multinational Companies and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) found appalling conditions in the factories.

They claimed that:

* Excessive overtime was rife, despite a legal limit of 36 hours a month. One payslip showed a worker did 98 hours of overtime in one month, the Observer reported.

* During peak periods of demand for the iPad, workers were made to take only one day off in 13.

* Badly performing workers were humiliated in front of colleagues.

* Workers are banned from talking and are made to stand up for their 12-hour shifts.

The 'anti-suicide pledge' was brought in after sociologists wrote an open letter to the media calling for an end to restrictive working practices. But the investigation revealed many of the workers still lived in dismal conditions, with some only going home to see family once a year. One worker told the newspaper: 'Sometimes my roommates cry when they arrive in the dormitory after a long day.' She said they were made to work illegally long hours for a basic daily wage, as little as £5.20, and that workers were housed in dormitories of up to 24 people a room. In Chengdu, working between 60 and 80 hours overtime a month was normal, with many breaching Apple's own code of conduct with the length of their shifts. And the investigation found that employees claimed they were not allowed to speak to each other.

Foxconn admits that it breaks overtime laws, but claims all the overtime is voluntary. Some officials within the company even accused workers of committing suicide to secure large compensation payments for their families. Anti-suicide nets were put up around the dormitory buildings on the advice of psychologists. Foxconn said it had faced 'some very challenging months for everyone associated with the Foxconn family and the loss of a number of colleagues to tragic suicides'.

Spokesman Louis Woo, responding to allegations that staff were humiliated, said: 'It is not something we endorse or encourage. However, I would not exclude that this might happen given the diverse and large population of our workforce. 'But we are working to change it.' He added that employees were 'encouraged not to engage in conversations that may distract them from the attention needed to ensure accuracy and their own safety'. Sacom said the company initially responded to the spate of suicides by bringing in monks to exorcise evil spirits. Leontien Aarnoudse, a Sacom official, told The People: 'They work excessive overtime for a salary they can hardly live on and are inhumanely treated. 'Conditions are harsh and they don't have a social life. Their life is just working in a factory and that is it.' Demand for iPads and iPhones has soared, resulting in tough targets for workers in Apple factories. Apple's supplier code of conduct demands that employees are treated with respect and dignity, but its own audit reports suggest suppliers in China may not meet up to these standards.

The global high-tech product manufacturer made profits of $6billion in the first quarter of 2011.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382396/Workers-Chinese-Apple-factories-forced-sign-pledges-commit-suicide.html

Most telling comment IMO

@- Martin, hampshire.... The Way to STOP This is Simple............., DONT BUY ANYTHING MADE IN CHINA..............! - Martin, hampshire..... Great idea, but can you actually find any consumer products (cars excepted) that ISN'T made in China these days?

- Yuri Gagarin, South of Levin, NZ.,

The assumption being that we simply can't stop consuming therefore if everything is made in China we must consume Chinese. If this is true we are destined to hand over all our wealth until the tables are turned. Oh hang on, that's already happened :rolleyes:

So how are we going to work this situation, we either adopt similar working practices and wage scales, not going to happen without violent uprisings etc. Or we massively devalue our currency so we can't afford consumer imports and our exports become attractively priced, except we can't do that when we're holding so much foreign debt, or and i think this is the only option now, we dramatically reduce our consumer habits (somehow?) even though that will destroy what is left of our retail economy and this will reverse our trade deficit assuming our reduced consumption doesn't reduced the demand on our export goods which is probably what will happen. So we're fooked basically.

What other option is there? What is the light at the end of the tunnel?

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What other option is there? What is the light at the end of the tunnel?

The road to Harare.

Or a massive massive bloody infantry war, or a proxy war of some kind. Which is happening right now, those AK47s and RPGs in Afganistan and Iraq are made somewhere. Its sort of like the USSR occupation of Afganistan but in reverse.

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WOW

They've found a cure for suicide.

Fantastic.

Nah its more like, if you kill yourself you agree not to take any compensation money, thus reducing any ancillary benefit of it.

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Things are going to get nasty if the Chinese government do not reveal what they have done with Ai Wei Wei or bring in trumped up charges against him

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Nah its more like, if you kill yourself you agree not to take any compensation money, thus reducing any ancillary benefit of it.

Well maybe that'll ensure it's only the genuinely depressed who are beyond thinking rationally who do it.

If you are capable of committing suicide for cash then maybe you're just nuts not depressed?

Or maybe suicide for cash would be a great thing to introduce to the UK. All those old people wanting to make sure they leave something for their grandkids can get it over with and solve the pension crisis.

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What other option is there? What is the light at the end of the tunnel?

Many rich countries have trade surpluses, and many poor countries have trade deficits. See below. For instance, find below the 3 countries with the biggest trade surpluses in the world (apart from oil/gas exporters, as it distorts it), and the 3 biggest trade deficits.

http://www.economist.com/node/18651909?story_id=18651909

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Things are going to get nasty if the Chinese government do not reveal what they have done with Ai Wei Wei or bring in trumped up charges against him

Did they check the gents , sounds like he may have gone to the toilet.

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The assumption being that we simply can't stop consuming therefore if everything is made in China we must consume Chinese. If this is true we are destined to hand over all our wealth until the tables are turned.

We haven't handed over our wealth. Money isn't wealth. We have handed over a promise to pay. Where is the long term demand for China's overcapacity? Without demand where does that leave China?

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* Excessive overtime was rife, despite a legal limit of 36 hours a month. One payslip showed a worker did 98 hours of overtime in one month, the Observer reported.

* During peak periods of demand for the iPad, workers were made to take only one day off in 13.

* Badly performing workers were humiliated in front of colleagues.

* Workers are banned from talking and are made to stand up for their 12-hour shifts.

Normal working practice in the middle east, much of south east asia and latin america. The developed world just has to catch up (or is it down ?) :ph34r:

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* Excessive overtime was rife, despite a legal limit of 36 hours a month. One payslip showed a worker did 98 hours of overtime in one month, the Observer reported.

* During peak periods of demand for the iPad, workers were made to take only one day off in 13.

* Badly performing workers were humiliated in front of colleagues.

* Workers are banned from talking and are made to stand up for their 12-hour shifts.

Normal working practice in the middle east, much of south east asia and latin america. The developed world just has to catch up (or is it down ?) :ph34r:

Sounds like Foxtons to me.

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