Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Update: Protest at Chinese iPad maker Foxconn after 11th suicide this year

Protestors made traditional Chinese funeral offerings to the dead at the head-quarters of Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple's iPad, after the 11th suicide at the company's factories so far this year. Yet another young factory worker took his own life at Foxconn's Longhua factory on Tuesday morning.

"[The deaths] force us to question the future of the 'factory of the world' and the new generation of migrant workers," according to nine Chinese social sciences professors in an open letter to Foxconn last week. "This new generation of workers is better-educated, has higher dreams, more thoughts, and can feel greater suffering," said broadcasters on the state-run CCTV.

It added that workers at Foxconn, faced with 12-hour days, seven days a week, are less able to "chi ku", or"eat bitterness", than hardbitten older workers.

Read the entire article at The Telegraph.

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