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Apple PR addresses Foxconn suicides

Apple has had a rough month. The company's next generation iPhone was leaked way ahead of schedule, spoiling the party for the smartphone's official early June announcement. Apple is notoriously secretive and protective of its unreleased products, so the early scoop understandably ruffled Steve Jobs' feathers to say the least.

And on a much more human level, Apple has been the topic of discussion with regards to the Foxconn suicides which seem to be happening quite frequently. Foxconn manufacturers the iMac, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad for Apple. Nine workers have committed suicide in the past year (four in the past month) at Foxconn's Shenzen plant -- two others attempted suicide, but lived.

Apple has now issued a statement regarding the suicides to Bloomberg:

We’re in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously. A team from Apple is independently evaluating the steps they are taking to address these tragic events and we will continue our ongoing inspections of the facilities where our products are made. [Apple is] saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn.

HP, which also has some of its products manufactured at the Shenzen factory, added that it is investigating “the Foxconn practices that may be associated with these tragic events.”

An undercover reporter detailed the long working days, immense pressure put on employees to increase productivity, and how some workers drop tools on the floor just to get a few moments of rest without having to stand on their feet.

Foxconn CEO Guo Tai-ming maintains that his company doesn't run sweatshops, but he did concede that "it is difficult for us to handle such a huge production team."

The spotlight on Foxconn has now made it the target of hackers. Hackers recently defaced he company's human relations site with the following according to Shanghaiist:

Foxconn -- We're Hiring

Are you feeling down today? Do you feel like not living anymore? Do you want to know what it feels like to jump down from China's model suicide jumping facility? Foxconn provides you the perfect environment to jump. All the many reasons to jump here have ensured at least one jump per week. Comprehensive press coverage guaranteed to ensure your name travels ten thousand miles. What are you waiting for? Pick up your phone now and join Foxconn.

Be the kickass twelfth jumper. You can do it.

Hiring hotline: 514514514

By: Xiaokai

This isn't the first time that an Apple manufacturing partner has come under fire. Recently it was reported that Wintek was being sued for poisoning 44 employees with n-hexane. N-hexane is used at the assembly plant to clean the screens of iPhones, but is extremely hazardous to humans after prolonged exposure.

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Suicide Rate
By psychobriggsy on 5/26/2010 9:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
Lower suicide rate than China's average, when you consider the 400,000 employees that Foxconn has.

But yeah, China is desperately in need of some employment regulation regarding rest breaks, hours worked, days off, and so on. Or decent enforcement of laws they actually have, but are ignored.

RE: Suicide Rate
By Funky Santa Clause on 5/26/2010 11:37:06 AM , Rating: 2
"Lower suicide rate than China's average, when you consider the 400,000 employees that Foxconn has."

That`s stupid..!! Is every suicide about working conditons in China´s average, mostly young females, i dont thing so..!

Apple should have its´s own factories, they got MONEY for that. Nokia has 10 factories in 9 countries and still they can make good profit with low and high end phones...

Apple should copy that like they copy everything else..=)

RE: Suicide Rate
By sebmel on 5/26/2010 8:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Apple Inc.; Intel-branded motherboards for Intel Corp.; various orders for American computer manufacturers Dell and Hewlett-Packard; motherboards for UK computer manufacturer Zoostorm; the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 for Sony; the Wii for Nintendo; the Xbox 360 for Microsoft, cell phones for Motorola, the Amazon Kindle, and Cisco equipment.

Why do DailyTech always mention Apple in relation to FoxConn and neglect to mention Microsoft?


RE: Suicide Rate
By Funky Santa Clause on 5/27/2010 3:50:53 AM , Rating: 2
Mayby it´s becouse 44 of the poisoning victims link sickness to n-hexane and Apple iPhone screens.

iPhonen prototype gets lost, suicide!

All Apple i-stuff is made there, volumes are much more bigger than some motherboards that mainly robots do.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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