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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…

Steve Jobs trash sculpture to be unveiled

In response to recent Foxconn riots, artist XVALA has reportedly been crafting a sculpture based on a banned Steve Jobs action figure – partially made of Jobs’ own residential trash, which the artist had collected approximately one year ago. The sculpture is in protest of what the artist believes is a careless attitude on Apple’s part, with regards to…

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…

Foxconn documentary retracted by ‘This American Life’

You might remember that a little while ago, ‘This American Life’ aired an episode detailing life at Foxconn, the manufacturer responsible for most of Apple’s products. In the episode they highlighted 13-year old employees, and working hours not seen since the days of Stalin’s plan for industrializing Soviet Russia in the 1930′s. The show was hosted by a…

FLA factory inspection: Foxconn receives “glowing” report

Intimate inspection of Foxconn factories used by Apple has begun, and the results are simply astonishing. The FLA is conducting a study of Apple’s eight main suppliers, following stories of child workers, poor conditions and toxic chemicals, leading to incredibly high suicide rates. Reuters have just released the initial findings of the preliminary…

Apple opens factory doors to allow close inspection

Since teaming up with the Fair Labor Association, Apple has set in motion various measures to improve treatment of its workers. Last month Apple and the FLA carried out an audit of all Apple’s factories, almost 400 in total. In the findings there were reports of child labor, overworked and underpaid labor and exposure to toxic chemicals. Apple has now…

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 infamous…