Foxconn update-- another worker in China kills himself rather than keep working for Apple
Ahh, the wonderful world of labor in China...
Last week, we reported that roughly 1,000 workers had rioted at the Foxconn facility, in Chengdu, China, that manufactures Apple's iPad and iPhone. Those riots were not a surprise to those who have followed running accounts of the assembly facility's grueling labor conditions.
Now, comes news that a 23-year-old Foxconn worker has committed suicide. The man had joined the company last month. His body was found after he leaped from an apartment building.
Supposedly, Apple and Foxconn reached an agreement in March to "improve conditions for the 1.2 million workers assembling iPhones and iPads, a landmark decision that could change the way Western companies do business in China."
Better yet, though, why not simply build more Apple products in the U.S.?
We've explained this several times-- that U.S. manufacturers are far more productive than their Chinese counterparts.
If Apple built a high-tech facility in the U.S., they could manufacture iPhones and iPads here, without contributing to labor abuse...
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