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Foxconn is giving the parents of its worker who commited suicide after the company harassed him a payoff, in hopes of quieting the matter.  (Source: PSD Blog)
Company hopes that payment will lay matter to rest

Apple and its Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn made headlines when an employee Danyong Sun committed suicide.  The circumstances were anything but ordinary.  Mr. Sun had been given a set of never-before-seen iPhone fourth generation prototypes to deliver for testing.  He lost one of these prototypes and was subsequently the victim of a burglary and assault, reportedly by his employer's security division.  He then committed suicide.

Following initial statements by Foxconn and Apple, new details have emerged.  Foxconn has announced that it will pay off the family of Mr. Sun in hopes of laying the matter quietly to rest.  It has agreed to pay his parents a lump sum of $52,000 and a yearly payment of $4,400 for the rest of their lives.

The government is still investigating the incident.  Apple says it will wait until that investigation finishes before it takes action.  The main subject of the investigations is Mr. Gun Qinmin a security supervisor.  Mr. Qinmin insists that he's innocent, though he admits to sending people to search Mr. Sun's office.

The average salary of a worker in one of China's cities was 5,000 yuan ($3,560 USD) in 2007

The incident continues to highlight both Apple's veil of secrecy about its products and the pressures that young engineers in China face.  Officials with both Chinese companies and government agencies have a history of taking severe tactics at times to stomp out improper behavior.  China publicly executed its former food and drug administration head in 2007 when he was found guilty of taking bribes.

Despite the potential dangers associated with manufacturing products in China, most major electronics manufacturers build their products in China due to the lower cost of skilled labor.  Product design and testing is also increasingly being sourced to China.

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If only...
By The0ne on 7/28/2009 2:54:27 PM , Rating: 2
Officials with Chinese companies and government have a history of taking severe tactics at times to stomp out improper behavior. China publicly executed its former food and drug administration head in 2007 when he was found guilty of taking bribes

If only they were strict on this rule. Sigh. Sadly, if they did there would be millions executed, with many holding offices.

RE: If only...
By MozeeToby on 7/28/2009 3:06:04 PM , Rating: 5
The quoted text probably should have continued... "found guilty of taking bribes that led to dozens of deaths and the loss of literally millions (billions?) of dollars in trading revenue". Most bribes, while abhorrent, don't reach that level of harmfulness.

RE: If only...
By FITCamaro on 7/28/2009 4:05:11 PM , Rating: 5
If we did this here, there might be 5 people left in Congress or the White House combined.

RE: If only...
By lightfoot on 7/28/2009 5:09:34 PM , Rating: 5
Obama's two daughters... Who are the other three?

RE: If only...
By twjr on 7/29/2009 6:27:35 AM , Rating: 3
Their dog?

RE: If only...
By DigitalFreak on 7/28/2009 6:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe 5 if you included all the state and local governments as well.

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