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2 reported Foxconn suicides: factories enter “silent mode”

  Amidst growing promise that Foxconn’s reputation for treatment of its workers might have been improving in light of glowing factory inspections, the company’s position has been undermined yet again by the reported suicide of 2 more factory workers in its Zhengzhou Plant, Henan Province. The two workers, a male and a female jumped from their…

Apple and Focxonn work to further improve factory conditions

I’m sure I don’t have to remind any of you about the controversy surrounding the conditions at Foxconn’s facilities. Apple and Foxconn have publicly acknowledged the issues and have been working towards resolving them for a while now, and according to the New York Times’ latest installment of iEconomy, the companies are definitely taking steps in the…

Foxconn: Why Apple isn’t to blame [Editorial]

The connotations of the word ‘Foxconn’ are pretty severe these days, especially when Apple is involved. Over the last couple of months, the harrowing reports of suicides and the like had actually dropped, and I think we were all rather content to simply move on and enjoy our iPhone 5s. However now, fresh reports of strikes have surfaced on the interweb, and…

iPhone 5 production unlikely to suffer in Foxconn riot aftermath

Yesterday, the glamor of the iPhone 5 was briefly overshadowed by the harrowing reports of a mass riot at a Foxconn factory in Taiyuan, northern China. On Sunday night, what was reported to have been a dormitory dispute quickly escalated into a full scale brawl, involving some 2000 of the plants 79,000 employees. Despite the official report, messages…

Reuters: Apple’s Chinese suppliers are breaking labor laws

A New York-based labor rights group, China Labor Watch, have released a report damning the practices of Apple’s suppliers in China. However this time, Foxconn seem to be off the hook, as the report focuses mainly on the conduct of Taiwanese company Pegatron. The report was released on Tuesday, and it documents the findings of a four month investigation…

Foxconn Suicide: Have Factory Conditions Really Improved?

Just a few months after Apple’s promise to help improve conditions for its many factory workers, there has been another suicide reported at Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn. According to a statement from Foxconn, a 23 year old worker jumped from the roof of his apartment building in the city of Chengdu yesterday, having only been in employment at…

Apple defends its manufacturing methods

In the past couple of weeks we’ve seen Apple team up with the FLA (Free labor association) in a bid to clean up its act in the manufacturing branch. Let’s face it, Apple doesn’t have a brilliant record when it comes to this sort of thing. On Wednesday, an extensive article appeared on the New York Times website documenting the story of the…