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Apple will lose 0.7 percent of its iPad profits to give the workers that assemble its device a 20 percent raise. Workers at Foxconn are currently struggling after a string of suicides and enduring reportedly poor working conditions.  (Source: Kin Cheung/AP)
A small cut to Apple's profit margin may make a big difference in workers' lives

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RE: A First?
By Solandri on 6/1/2010 2:36:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm decidedly anti-Apple these days. But what this story boils down to is Foxconn being criticized for not making their workers happy enough. You've got a company which takes the average Chinese citizen, pays them far above average for the region/industry, and increases their happiness to the point where their suicide rate is significantly lower than even the U.S. suicide rate. And somehow they're the bad guy?

Increasing the living and working standards in China needs to encompass the entire country (better yet, all of SE Asia). Singling out one company for criticism will just drive that company out of business as their market share gets eaten up by other companies you aren't criticizing. People really should be directing their ire towards the lower paying companies with worse working conditions. Not a company that has just about the best conditions in the region, even if those conditions are relatively poor by our standards. You improve things by encouraging those who are doing better than their peers, not by bashing them for not doing enough.

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