Thanks to tallblue for posting.
Apple's been all over the news these days, and not just because of
the iPad. For weeks, reports have been emerging about a high number of
worker suicides at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. The
Taiwanese-owned company is the largest final assembler of mobile phones
in the world, producing phones and other electronics for Sony, HP,
Nokia, and Dell, along with Apple. More than a half million people work
for the company in China alone.
Many first equated Foxconn with suicides last summer when Sun
Danyong, a 25-year-old worker who allegedly lost a prototype of the
fourth-generation iPhone, jumped to his death. Now, the suicides have
built into a crisis for Apple and Foxconn, one that activists could push
to crack the abusive relationship between between corporations and
their suppliers that drives wages and working conditions ever downward
across the globe.
A shocking 12 Foxconn workers have now ended their lives this year,
mostly by jumping from the massive multi-story dormitories they live in
during the precious few off hours they have. The crisis is so deep the
company has installed safety nets between dorm buildings.