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Iscariot
27th May 10, 01:00 AM
....by forcing employees to sign away their personal rights to the company.


Apple manufacturer Foxconn was taking extraordinary measures Wednesday to safeguard its business and workers following a spate of suicides at its sprawling plant in southern China. Workers have reportedly 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".


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


The measures came after a 19-year-old employee fell to his death at the Shenzhen factory on Tuesday -- the ninth apparent suicide at the enormous site this year.


The deaths have raised questions about conditions for millions of factory workers in China, especially at Foxconn, where labour activists and employees say long hours, low pay and high pressure are the norm. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn's Taiwanese parent company Hon Hai Precision, flew into the booming city of Shenzhen aboard his private jet on Wednesday with reporters, whom he urged to see the factory for themselves.


Labour activists in nearby Hong Kong called Tuesday for a boycott of the next generation of Apple's iPhone, which is assembled by Foxconn, days ahead of the international launch of the iPad.


The Taiwanese technology giant, which also boasts Dell and Hewlett-Packard among its clients, has defended its practices and Gou on Monday said he was not running "blood and sweat factories". "You know, Hon Hai has more than 800,000 workers worldwide, and it's not easy to manage such a large team," he said.


But workers spoke of long hours, harsh supervisors and low pay.


A 21-year-old employee from the southern province of Guangxi told the South China Morning Post how she worked 12-hours a day, six days a week. "The atmosphere inside our workplaces is so tight and depressing that we're not allowed to speak to each other for 12 hours or you'll be reproached by your supervisors."


Another worker, from the central province of Hunan, complained that the assembly line moved too fast and she had to check thousands of motherboards for electronic gadgets every day. The 22-year-old's monthly salary, including overtime, was only 2,000 yuan (300 dollars) -- about the same as the US price of a 32 gigabyte iPhone. "I feel like I have an empty life and work like a machine," she told the paper.


Foxconn is taking bizarre action to try to prevent further suicides -- notably getting staff to sign a letter promising not to kill themselves, according to Taiwan's CTI cable TV channel. Roof patrols are also being arranged and nets installed around buildings to deter suicidal workers, it added. "If they jump, they'll fall into the safety nets, so their lives will be saved," a contractor told the channel.


The Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper on Wednesday published a photo of a memo with a Foxconn letterhead that it said all employees were being asked to sign. The letter instructed employees to report to a supervisor or seek medical help if they experienced any difficulties or frustration. "I promise never to hurt myself or others in an extreme manner," said a pledge section of the letter."


The letter also contained a section asking employees to allow the company to send them to a medical institution if they appeared to be in an "abnormal mental or physical state for the protection of myself and others".


One Foxconn worker told the newspaper he had refused to sign because the company was seeking the right to institutionalise employees. "If I bicker with my supervisor, will I be sent to a mental hospital?" the employee told the paper.


But there was no shortage of people trying to get through the factory gates. Around 8,000 people apply to work at the factory every day, Foxconn spokesman Liu Kun told the state-run China Daily newspaper. The company came under pressure from Beijing Wednesday, as China's Taiwan Affairs Office said it was working with Foxconn to implement "effective measures".


"We are deeply sorry for the Foxconn employees who jumped to their death," the office's spokesman, Yang Yi, told a news conference. Yang said the suicides would have no impact on China's relations with self-ruled Taiwan.


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20100526/tbs-worker-suicides-plague-apple-contrac-5268574.html

WarPhalange
27th May 10, 01:36 AM
Enjoy your iPads you trendy assholes.

Yiktin Voxbane
27th May 10, 02:11 AM
http://nomoregoatsoup.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/roflcopter.gif

TheMightyMcClaw
27th May 10, 06:26 AM
Once again, a manufacturer is willing to take every measure except improve working conditions.

Ajamil
27th May 10, 07:39 AM
*jump off building, land in safety net*
"We saved you! Don't kill yourself! You have so much to live for!....You're fired."

"I promise never to hurt myself or others in an extreme manner,"Damn, there goes my loophole theory on the rise of knife killings in China.

Seriously though, this is some messed up shit right here. This is depressing enough:
http://img.allposters.com/6/LRG/16/1644/GN4GD00Z.jpg

Could you imagine ones where they extol the greatness of just not killing yourself?

(BTW, it's impossible to find real motivational posters through Google images. Try it.)

partyboy
27th May 10, 09:17 AM
(BTW, it's impossible to find real motivational posters through Google images. Try it.)

first page:

http://www.motivationexpressions.com/prodimages/tnl_Motivational%20Poster%20Perseverance%20100565% 20Black%20Custom.jpg

http://www.google.com/images?q=perseverance%20motivational%20poster&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi


don't go trying to give me inane tasks and expect that I won't do them..

Feryk
27th May 10, 10:54 AM
Welcome to the new industrialization of China. The solution, of course, is to pay the workers more and give them more time off... oh, wait, you don't want a $800 iPhone?

There is a reason that the manufacturing complexes in the US are buying robots as fast as they can.

lant3rn
27th May 10, 11:43 AM
Welcome to the new industrialization of China. The solution, of course, is to pay the workers more and give them more time off... oh, wait, you don't want a $800 iPhone?

There is a reason that the manufacturing complexes in the US are buying robots as fast as they can.

Judgement day???


Yah they wouldn't want to maybe make a little less profit for the benefit of their workers. YOu know....

Or maybe cut costs in other areas.....

Find ways to improve effeciency.

Expand their market........

Anything but make that proletariat scum happier.

Spade: The Real Snake
27th May 10, 12:04 PM
but...but....BUT IT'A APPLE!!!

Feryk
27th May 10, 12:05 PM
Apple = the new Microsoft.

Suck on it bitches.

Ajamil
27th May 10, 02:58 PM
don't go trying to give me inane tasks and expect that I won't do them..
Inane yes, specific direction following no. I said "real motivational posters."

BTW - it's impossible to send $50 to me without a Paypal account. Try it.

FickleFingerOfFate
27th May 10, 04:13 PM
BTW - it's impossible to send $50 to me without a Paypal account. Try it.


You win.

Harpy
27th May 10, 05:41 PM
We all know Apple is just putting this measure in (pluls safety nets) to cover their ass. They are more than aware that other Chinese citizens would snap up vacant jobs before the body hits the ground.

I hope some employee takes an Uzi in there next and takes out those supervisors.

FickleFingerOfFate
27th May 10, 05:43 PM
On the plus side,
replacement workers are one of China's most plentiful resources.

Harpy
27th May 10, 05:44 PM
I beat you to that FFF. Imagine if they started making Fords.

Spade: The Real Snake
27th May 10, 05:46 PM
They put out the safety nets to prevent a mess from all the POS apple products being hurled out of the window

Ajamil
27th May 10, 10:22 PM
We all know Apple is just putting this measure in (pluls safety nets) to cover their ass. They are more than aware that other Chinese citizens would snap up vacant jobs before the body hits the ground.

I hope some employee takes an Uzi in there next and takes out those supervisors.

That's rather mean, Lily.

And my old construction foreman had a better CYOA policy: if you fall, you're fired before you hit the ground.

nihilist
27th May 10, 10:27 PM
There's an app (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://a1.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/008/Purple/05/c3/b9/mzl.vuuwacnu.320x480-75.jpg&imgrefurl=http://itunes.apple.com/app/hangman-classic-free/id316620941%3Fmt%3D8&usg=__k6EcxMe-lLQYz2rGc3EzsmDPCJM=&h=460&w=320&sz=37&hl=en&start=4&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Tz5PwdC567E69M:&tbnh=128&tbnw=89&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dapple%2Bapp%2Bhangman%26um%3D1%26hl%3 Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1G1GGLQ_ENUS367% 26tbs%3Disch:1) for that.

Kein Haar
27th May 10, 11:44 PM
lol skynet

Err, skynets...as it were.

Yiktin Voxbane
27th May 10, 11:55 PM
Meanwhile .... They were meant to be wheeling out the iPad in Adelaide today .... I know a dude that camped out all night. they were let into the store this morning only to be told once they got in

"Won't be here till lunchtime @ the earliest" .

FickleFingerOfFate
28th May 10, 04:31 AM
Meanwhile .... They were meant to be wheeling out the iPad in Adelaide today .... I know a dude that camped out all night. they were let into the store this morning only to be told once they got in

"Won't be here till lunchtime @ the earliest" .


Damn timezones...