The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

iPhones and Suicide Nets in China

Sep 27, 2010

Eleven employees of Foxconn committed suicide early this year, most of them by leaping from the company dormitories. Foxconn is a Taiwanese company producing mainly in China. Its Longhua factory complex in Shenzhen, where the suicides happened, employs more than 300,000 workers, who are forced to live there.

Foxconn is a very large electronic parts producer collaborating with other big manufacturers, among them many U.S. companies. It produces parts for Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Sony and many others. Its precision parts make iPhones and iPads so beautiful and successful.

In response to the suicides, Foxconn put nets around its dormitories to catch jumpers! In other words, very harsh working conditions continue.

Electronic or other modern day products are supposed to provide a better, easier and more comfortable life to people. Instead, in the hands of capitalists, their manufacturing has created a hell for workers everywhere in the world.