Foxconn Worker Jumps From Factory Amid Job Cuts, Report Says

Apple finds child laborers in its Asian workforce.In the United States, Apple routinely is ranked one of the best employers. But in China, Foxconn -- the principal manufacturer of Apple products -- has been accused of Dickensian conditions, which have led to a string of worker suicides. On Friday, a Foxconn worker reportedly was so upset about the prospect of job cuts that she jumped from a factory roof in Shenzhen, China, according to AppleInsider.

She survived the fall, AppleInsider reports, citing reports from Chinese blogs. Other employees reportedly were threatening to jump as well. Foxconn had earlier installed safety nets after several workers, despondent over working conditions and wages, had committed suicide. In 2011, the company also began forcing employees to sign a "no suicide" pledge.

Citing reports from Chinese news sources, AppleInsider said that Foxconn had been "encouraging" some employees to quit in an effort to cut costs. Foxconn, however, has denied that.

In recent years, Apple had begun pressuring Foxconn to improve conditions. CEO Tim Cook also had stepped up audits of its suppliers to ensure that no child labor was used and that workers weren't forced to put in more than 60 hours a week. As of December, conditions at Foxconn seemed to be improving, but other sites have reported that Foxconn has seen a decline in orders this year.

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Considering Foxconn doesn't just manufacture Apple products, but Dell, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Amazon, Google, Vizio all have products made there too. This isn't just an Apple issue that's just a naive over simplified statement. When some of the worlds biggest products are made there like the Wii, kindle, iPhone and PlayStation 3 its amazing how just one company is singled out here when there are dozens of others.

April 03 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A no suicide pledge? That poor girl, I am so sad for her. Who will love and care for her?

April 02 2013 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Many would look at this and proclaim, "How awful, what China allows!" Others, more reflective and not as quick to point a finger elsewhere, would realize that their own near obsession with Apple's products inherently places themselves at blame. Youth learns from their elders. Youth sees the mistakes of their elders. Youth either accepts the standards and practices they've "inherited" or they reject them. If you're too weak to become part of the solution, then you're just part of the same ole problem. I use the term "youth" here even though I'm aware that Apple's products appeal to a wide range of age-demographics but, it seems that they, "youth", are the main drivers of the thirst for Apple's "gadgets". To all my dear Apple addicts: slave-labor, off-shoring, toxic waste, economic and ecological collapse are all on your heads.

April 02 2013 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

BOYCUT Apple until they pull out of China or prove they have given workers there equal working conditions as those expected in the US. Nikkei is another violator of humane working conditions...

April 02 2013 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am waiting to see the reactions of liberals who think Obama saved this economy when all he did was steal 6 Trillion dollars from it.
I wonder how many are going to want to jump out of windows then?

April 02 2013 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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April 02 2013 at 8:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am always in awe of the paragons of Virtue that laud a company's "excellent conditions". "Child Labor"? My God no, everybody knows that the only harm ever caused to young people comes from one source: sexual abuse. The rest, of course, those children chained, in certain countries, to work benches, and beaten when they slacken their work, for more than ten hours a day, sometimes, does that even matter? Brutality? Heavens, who even cares! Selective Love is indeed the highest, and so well motivated by conductors! Having workers sign a "no suicide clause", of course, also signals how loving, and caring, the company truly is. Idiotic as such a clause may be, of course, it is but an indicator of how much the company is preoccupied with the welfare of its people. The conditions must be idyllic, for such a lovely "clause" to be included... And fortunately, this company is the only one to be this glacial! No other is, anywhere, under any clime. As for a lowering of the number of sales, I am appalled: how is it possible that those hundreds of millions of persons without jobs are not able to buy the products produced for so much cheaper abroad, anymore? With people perfoming the tasks for so much less, in order for the New Capitalism to extend its kind heart, and provide all those poor Third World people with those magnificent opportunities? Ah, the Saintly companies! Too bad that despite their Orwellian calculations, and macchiavellian practices, they even forgot that fewer and fewer persons were eventually going to be able their splendid products!

April 02 2013 at 5:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Apple is one of the GREEDIEST companies ever to come about. They have gone down hill considerably since Steve Job passed away and they know seem to be failing in several areas, their creators do NOT have SJ's vision or anything else. Clearly, having their product produced elsewhere was to save as much bucks as possible, but then to pay foreigners such POOR and LOW wages they work their asses off, get treated poorly, to the point they KILL themselves- speaks volumes to the care or concern apple has for them or their customers. They were greedy from day one, but then to make their newest phone incompatible and longstanding loyal customers have to buy new chargers etc. is just pathetic selfish greed at its finest. You could NOT pay me a million to EVER buy their products. Now... that new Samsung phone is SWEET. And NO, I do not own one. Apple better shape up or it will rot

April 02 2013 at 3:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

We really need to bring those jobs back to the US or at least Mexico, which would solve part of the immigration problem.

April 02 2013 at 2:27 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

"No Suicide" clause and they are still jumping. How can that posibly be happening. They create a rule, explain it prior to hiring someone, have them sign that they understand and promise not to commit suicide and then they commit suicide anyway. How dare they violate their word and the trust of their employer.. They should make a more strict rule since this one doesn't seem to work. Hey that sorta sounds like the gun control laws around here.

April 02 2013 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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