Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Working conditions in China you'd not hear about in cHindu

cHindu praises cHina as much as artists praise the Mona Lisa (maybe this is not the right analogy).
However a spate of recent "incidents" in cHinese factories have caused concern there. Most recently in factories where the iPhone and the iPad were being manufactured. But this would not bother cHindu from being balanced and reporting the concerns. After all those are activities a Left-wing newspaper would do, being bothered with the working conditions etc.
The massive Foxconn factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is known for assembling famous electronic goods like Apple's iPhone and iPad. But in recent months it has gained a darker image, as a place where distraught workers regularly throw themselves to their deaths. The latest fatality came on Tuesday morning, when a 19-year-old employee died in a fall in the company's Shenzhen compound, according to the state-run Xinhua news service.

The article details the pitiable conditions some of the workers are forced to work in,
Working conditions at Foxconn's factories have been under scrutiny for years. The attention was heightened in 2009 when 25-year-old employee Sun Danyong, who had been accused by management of losing an iPhone prototype, jumped to his death from his apartment in Shenzhen. Chinese press reports said Sun, who grew up in a poor village in Yunnan province and attended the top-rated Harbin Institute of Technology, might have been physically abused by company security guards searching for the missing device. The company pays most of its assembly-line workers in Shenzhen the city's minimum wage of $130 a month, and many work significant overtime hours in order to maximize their incomes.

Somewhere LiC is sipping cHampagne with his cHinese masters....

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