Chinese girl attempts suicide, after tiresome work in iPhone/iPad making factories

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    How many of us have wondered where do our cherished iPad or iPhone really came from? Like many things these days, even these expensive gadgets are made in China by simple Chinese workers who labor day and night to meet the demand of the hungry Western consumer.

    We marvel about how many iPhones and iPads the biggest tech company of all time has managed to ship in one quarter, b​​ut at what price? Apparently, the price is a pretty big one, as workers in assembly facilities like the ones owned by Foxconn are producing the devices you love in horrible conditions. Nineteen year old Tian Yu is a good example. At an age when American girls go to frat parties and post iPhone selfies on their Facebook page, the young Chinese girl has already attempted suicide. Why? Because she was worked to death and ironically never received her minuscule pay check.

    Yu worked in one for Foxconn facilities 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had no minute to spare, not even to go to launch or to the toilet. Free time was out of the question, the little minutes she had to herself she spent them in bed. So on 17 March 2010 she tried to kill herself by jumping from her dorm window in Shenzhen.

    Apple has been made aware of the horrible living and working conditions in the Chinese plants and has publicly asked Foxconn to do something about it. However, as far as we know, it hasn’t provided any money towards this direction. CEO Tim Cook also denounced the practice, but is that enough? He still cashes in a fat paycheck that amounts to $4m per year.

    Source: The Guardian
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    1. s2mikey
      I've always had a problem wit this system. Yes, our household owns three total idevices but that doesn't mean we find this to be OK. I've argued many times with many people about this being a cut and dry case of slave labor. But, they always come back with the same thing: "but these jobs improve these people's lives and without the jobs they'd be even more destitute". Sorry, ain't buying it. I suppose technically they have improved their lives but how much really? Like telling a cancer patient that they have stage 4 pancreatic cancer instead of stage 5? I'm sure they'd be like " oh great then, lets whip out the champagne". Bunch of BS.

      Apple is not alone in doing this and I'td be nice to see all the companies do the right thing and share some of the trillions they earn with the workforce by paying them better wages and having regular working hours. But, nope.... Those grumpy, laizze faire capitalist investors don't wanna hear it. If they had their way, this stuff would be built by children for NO pay. They'd do it in a second. So not only do they use what's essentially slave labor but they do it overseas too at the expense of good paying American jobs. All because eleventy billion in profit every month isn't quite enough. It's not like these places are operating on razor thin margins. They aren't at all.

      OK, OK, I'm done but I get sick of reading this stuff and for the eventual "explanation" by the apologists.

      Next time, maybe well look at tablets and devices that are made here instead? Oh wait....that's not even possible. Bleh.

      Sorry, off my soapbox now.
    2. epb
      The bottom line (pun intended) is that this isn't Apple's problem, or the problem of their customers. Conditions will improve when the Chinese people do something about this, not outside companies and governments. These are the exact same growing pains any country experiences with expanding industrialization. This kind of stuff happened in the US with coal mining, the early auto industry, and so on. It's why we've got OSHA and labor laws and unions and such. A bunch of westerners moaning and hand-wringing won't accomplish jack.
    3. s2mikey
      There really isn't anything the people can do though. When you are already in a tough spot, it makes it easy to lure you into something that isn't a good deal but its better than your current situation. This is the concept of building products where ever the misery is greatest. Then, once the standard of living nudges up just a bit, the companies pack up and find the next most miserable area to make stuff.

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    4. teddyhoney
      i feel pity for the way chinese use to produce accessories of electronic products,of cheap labor's really not a good way.i hope that they can change this and develop their own productivity.
    5. tlbaker
      Sad... :'(

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    6. Meiri
      Very Sad...:(
    7. steppinwolf
      This is an excuse to ignore the suffering/enslavement of people who labor to make the things we consume. Thousands suffering inhumane conditions and in some cases dying is NOT a natural process that we should just sit back a passively watch from a distance. A few more trapped, desperate souls slit their throats? A couple more buildings full of people burned alive? What's the big deal? It's all a predictable aspect of capitalism expanding into new markets.

      B.S. Pressure from large international contracts absolutely can make a difference and help speed up the evolution of more ethical labor laws and practices. Start asking questions. Complain as loudly as you can. Even if only one life is saved it's worth the relatively small effort on our part.
    8. s2mikey
      Yeah, as much as I appreciate what capitalism has brought us and our standard of living its the never ending chase for more and more and more profits that cause this. A few billion isn't enough. Nope, those scruffy shareholders want MORE. It's never enough. I just would like to see the workforce benefit from these trillion dollar companies a little more. Can't they pay people a little more? Is it really going to kill them? Of course not but with Wall Street breathing down your neck and some hedge fund manager crawling up your can't do it. This isn't just an apple thing either. I'd like to see every major company share profits more with the people doing the work. That's not socialism to me, it's simply the right thing to do. Didn't Henry ford correctly determine that having employed people who could actually afford his cars end up being better in the long run?

      All of these companies COULD make the stuff here or at least pay better wages abroad. They CHOOSE not too though. Too bad.
    9. RoadPilot
      There's something oddly ironic about listening to someone complain about the way sausage is made while stuffing thier faces with Andouille and Bratwurst.

      If you feel so inclined to "do something about it", then stop buying Apple products.

      The previous poster who said it is the growing pains any country progressing through its industrial age is largely correct.

      And the person who said there is nothing they (workers) can do about it must have skipped 19th century American History, because America didn't *start out* with the vast labor, health, and safety laws we have today.
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