Filed under: Apple Corporate
Looks like Foxconn’s troubles are far from over — hiring an exorcist must not have worked, because another worker jumped to their death last week. That’s the 10th such employee death at the plant where many of Apple’s parts are manufactured. Foxconn’s CEO made a statement earlier this week saying that “we are not a sweatshop,” and promising that the company will “soon be able to stabilize this situation.”
The company has also starting hanging nets around factories to try and save jumpers (that’s pretty grisly), and they’ve asked all employees to sign a pledge to help stop the problem, which Gawker has obtained. The pledge asks workers to seek help before doing something to harm themselves, and to help those around them who need it.
Foxconn claims it’s not a sweatshop, but reports say the company is asking employees to work 60 hours of overtime a month (far over the legal limit of 36 hours of overtime), and paying only about $132 a month. Clearly something is wrong at the company that Apple depends on for much of its manufacturing labor.