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China investigates Foxconn suicides

But denies there is labour unrest
Mon Jun 14 2010, 10:54

THE GLOROUS PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of China has decided that it will release a public report into why Foxconn employees have been killing themselves.

There was worldwide concern that Apple's contractor was operating a sweatshop and that kids who found it soul destroying to make toys for rich Americans were killing themselves rather than have to look at another Iphone or Ipad.

According to Reuters, China will publish the results of an official probe into recent suicides at electronics maker Foxconn's giant manufacturing plant in south China.

Zhang Xiaojian, a vice minister of human resources and social security, also moved to play down a recent burst of strikes in foreign-owned factories in the nation's southern export zone.

He told the Beijing News that there wasn't really labour unrest so don't even mention it please. Zhang dismissed the idea that China faced a "wave" of worker strikes and said it is "very normal" for workers to make demands.

"A problem is what it is. Not everything is a wave," Zhang said.   True, some waving is actually drowning.

But Zhang indicated the government was not treating the suicides as simply the reflection of stressful work conditions at the Foxconn plants.

He said that there were multiple causes including enterprise management problems and the psychological problems of young workers. µ




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