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According to Chinese reports, a man recently was worked to death at an Apple plant. Foxconn, the manufacturer, is reportedly denying the man's family full benefits, as the death was not a suicide.  (Source: Ming Pao)
Foxconn refuses to pay family of employee who died of exhaustion after 34-hour shift as it wasn't suicide

The Shenzhen factory-city in southern China that primarily serves as a manufacturing site for Apple's iPads, iPhones, and iPods has claimed another life, only this time it wasn't a suicide. The man was a 28-year old plant engineer who reportedly died of exhaustion after being forced to work 34 hours nonstop.

Foxconn reportedly has been making employees work increasingly long hours to satisfy the growing demand for the iPad, including unpaid overtime.  It also has reportedly been bullying employees at the Shenzhen Apple plant and elsewhere.

The company is currently refusing to pay the family of the man, Yan Li, full benefits typically given for workers that commit suicide.  Instead, despite having apparently worked him to death, the company plans to only give the family a smaller "humanitarian terms" payout.

The man died shortly after suffering from shortness of breath.  After the 34 hour workday, he had rested for 10 hours, then had returned to work and had worked for 12 hours before becoming ill and dying.

Foxconn manufactures motherboards and other electronics for a variety of companies including Dell, HP, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia, and Sony.  However the Shenzhen factory serves primarily as a manufacturing facility for Apple products big and small.  It has all been the site of all the deaths thus far this year.

Since the start of the year, 11 Shenzhen workers have committed suicide, while several more have made unsuccessful attempts.  The string of suicides have brought to light the poor working conditions that the employees toil under daily.

Hon Hai Precision Industry owns the Foxconn unit that operates the plant.  The company has tried many approaches to stop the suicides -- Buddhist monks, "anger rooms", even contracts asking employees to promise not to kill themselves.  However, the death toll has continued to rise.

Foxconn's latest bid to halt the death toll is to give employees a long promised raise.  The company just instituted a 30 percent pay bump at the Shenzhen facility, bringing workers' average starting wage from $132 USD a month to $172 USD per month, enough to buy one of the iPad Nanos they manufacture (after a month's work).

The raise is rumored to be subsidized by Apple.  Apple reportedly is taking a 0.7 percent loss on the iPad's cost to pay for the raise -- or rough $3.50 per iPad sold.  This means that Apple's profit per unit sold will like drop from around $200 to around $196 per Wi-Fi iPad sold.

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RE: Heartless Bastards
By The0ne on 6/2/2010 2:58:02 PM , Rating: -1

You seriously have to stop this "Apple" blaming game. Foxxconn is big and they serve many companies. In addition, many factories in China, big and small, has the same conditions or rather "business principles."

Our company is just as guilty for using a Chinese manufacturing plant. The bottom line is cost and it's there that we can reduce the cost. I know personally our CM pushes their workers (Program managers, factory workers, etc.) more than 12 hours a day. Yet, people like my Bosses (VPs and CEOs), continue to push them to meet our demands.

This issue is a big problem and it's NOT going to be solve anytime soon. No one dares to speak up about the problem in fear of retaliation, and there's always retaliation. Then on the other hand, there are millions that would gladly fill the despicable position in a second and make the same complaints.

For those that don't know how bad this issue is, look at your child, nieces and nephews (18 and younger) and imagine them only getting a few hours sleep, working almost 24 hours jobs every day, hardly enough money for "decent" food and looking as pale as a dead person.

You think this is bad, now imagine a child under around 10 years old and younger out all day and all night selling some fcking flowers on the street in plain view of everyone including the authorities.

China needs to grow pass this era, much like US has, and we're not helping by companies that want lower and lower cost (higher profits). At least I have convinced a few of my colleagues there to move to better working condition jobs and or quit. Once I answered their questions about us here in US, the conditions, the benefits, etc. they have a much better understanding and want better.

RE: Heartless Bastards
By The0ne on 6/2/2010 5:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought as well. Don't like what I've said do you. Ignorant DT members hahahaha If only you've step beyond your doorstep...if only LMAO

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