Workers in Chinese iPad factories forced to sign no-suicide pledges

08.10.2011 § 1 Comment

 

APPLE WORKERS FORCED TO SIGN NO-SUICIDE PLEDGES →

 

Factories making sought-after Apple iPads and iPhones in China are forcing staff to sign pledges not to commit suicide, an investigation has revealed. At least 14 workers at Foxconn factories in China have killed themselves in the last 16 months as a result of horrendous working conditions… After a spate of suicides last year, managers at the factories ordered new staff to sign pledges that they would not attempt to kill themselves, according to researchers. And they were made to promise that if they did, their families would only seek the legal minimum in damages.

 

 

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§ One Response to Workers in Chinese iPad factories forced to sign no-suicide pledges

  • jackie says:

    also note that the majority of the workers in the apple factories are women. as a side note…i think an over-emphasis on “immaterial” production eclipses the fact that “material” production has been highly feminized in the last 40 or so years… which i think people also forget because they associate femininity with affective labor.

    this was kind of a weird explanation…

    “A security guard told the Mail reporters that the iPod shuffle production lines are staffed by women workers because ‘they are more honest than male workers’.”

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