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iPhone-Maker Rallies Workers After China Suicides

Young workers who normally spend their days assembling iPhones and other high-tech gadgets packed a stadium at their massive campus Wednesday, waving pompoms and shouting slogans at a rally to raise morale following a string of suicides at the company's heavily regimented factories.

The outreach to workers shows how the normally secretive Foxconn Technology Group has been shaken by the suicides and the bad press they have attracted.

"For a long period of time I think we were kind of blinded by our success," said Louis Woo, special assistant to Terry Gou, the founder of Foxconn's parent company. "We were kind of caught by surprise."

The company has already raised wages, hired counselors and installed safety nets on buildings to catch would-be jumpers. Other changes include job rotation so workers can try different tasks and grouping dorm assignments by home province so workers do

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Added: Aug-21-2010 
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  • 1,000,000 million workers for one company making product which Americans buy.

    America is doomed by it's citizens under 30 running around catching butterflies trying to save the planet and stop global warming.

    The real life stories of Americans in trouble is growing worse everyday.

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    • Comment of user 'Zardoz003' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Wait so you're blaming the common American youth instead of the greedy multinational corporations whose exploits allow them to make an easy profit?

      It takes two to tango, it's not just the American consumer that's at fault, but it is the so called government that allows multinational "free trade."

      There is an easy solution for this, make it unprofitable to export jobs overseas. If Walmart wants to sell cheap Chinese goods then Congress should impose high tariffs on Chinese goods. Bu More..

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    • Truth.

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    • Yeah,Ross was right,but it was just hard to take some
      one with ears bigger than dumbo the elephant,and a
      daughter that looked like a fucking space alien,too
      serious.Cheers Zardoz003!

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    • The multinational corporations have programed the butterfly catchers in the millions over the last 20 years.

      The two are "tango'ing" and have been for far too long.

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  • That's the media version. The real truth is that is that they committed suicide because it's a slave country able to dominate sales by having a lower price via slave labor. The survivors are all kissing ass cuz they know they are headed for the same. Meanwhile, America let's it's free trade guard down forcing the American working class to lower their standard of living rather than tariffing the hell out of imports which is what politics is supposed to do. But Obama never had a political science More..

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  • "Factory dorm"? Sounds like living as a machine. I'd kill myself too, in those conditions. These workers need to unionize to get better conditions. There is strength in numbers.

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  • How could one feel accomplished in life, knowing their only contribution is a cheap, manufactured item used to give western teens a faux-sense of identity and brand loyalty? I'd rather be dead, myself...

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  • I bought a Dell not to long ago and regret it now. Come to find out they ship them with virus' dug so deep in the computer it's near impossible to get rid of them and then seeing all those jobs lost to China makes me sick. Apple I wouldn't dare buy anyways, their products are complete rip offs designed to milk you for as much money as possible.

    What really sucks is that now you have no choice but to buy your electronics from China/Taiwan. That is the only place anything is made anymore.

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  • reminds me of a song: "look down, look down, you'll always be a slave, look down, look down, you're standing in your grave." les miserables (2012) is a great movie: first 10 to 12 minutes: epic.

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