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Has Foxconn installed new anti-suicide nets? The company hasn't announced officially.  (Source: Gizmodo)
Wish you would step back from that ledge my friend./ You could cut ties with all the lies / That you've been living in.

Increasing attention has been paid to the sharp increase in suicides this year at Foxconn's Shenzhen factory which manufactures iPods, iPads, and iPhones. It also fills orders from a broad list of clientele including Dell, HP, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  With at least one employee dying from exhaustion as well, the pressure is on for Foxconn and its Taiwanese owner Hon Hai Precision Industry Ltd. to enact changes.

In the long term Foxconn is considering moving to Vietnam in order to lower labor costs, or replacing employees with robots at an automated facility in Taiwan.  For now, it's using other measures to try to cut the suicide rate in China in the short term.

Among these measures appear to be a set of newly installed safety nets at some of its facilities.  A tipster sent a photo of some of these nets in to 
Gizmodo.  As the site points out, the company has put out no official release about the nets, which span between the kind of residential high rises that employees have previously jumped from.  The nets may serve some other purpose, but its appears they may have at least been in part put up to cushion employees' falls.

Foxconn is also raising its employees wages.  And its brought in a host of experts including Buddhist monks to release the souls of the dead from purgatory and to flood the plant floors with soothing melodies.  It also has created "anger rooms" in which its employees can beat away their rage and frustration.

Most U.S. manufacturers turn a blind eye to these kind of issues in China.  However, after much criticism Apple has taken to conducting yearly working condition studies.  Its latest one showed a variety of problems including overworked, underpaid employees, and the use of child labor

In the wake of these problems Apple and other U.S. firms have shown some signs that they're looking to adopt firmer stances with their suppliers to reduce these kinds of problems.

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RE: So
By MrBlastman on 6/29/2010 10:09:19 AM , Rating: 5
Foxconn, building a better Apple for tomorrow. Here at Foxconn, we care about your health. We've implemented many measures to make sure you are a stronger, more fit, and more productive employee.

We want you to be happy so to help you not have to go to the bathroom as often, we don't have adequate air conditioning. Sweating not only cools you off, but is a healthy way of expunging impurities so you can focus better.

We want you to have less stress so we have a dummies you can beat up on.

We want you to be more fit so we help you to stand up longer with less breaks--a fit body leads to a sharp mind.

We want you to feel appreciated, so we've doubled your pay!

We want you to help catch you when you fall, so we have nets to comfort you when you need us most. Don't rest too long though, it's back to the lines with a smile!

At Foxconn, we don't bring you down, we stand you up again--so you can work harder and... longer. :)

RE: So
By dice1111 on 6/29/2010 12:43:32 PM , Rating: 5
Foxconns newest product, if the nets fail...

RE: So
By Icehearted on 6/29/2010 6:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
My mind read this in GLaDOS' voice XD

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