“It took a string of suicides to spur it to action, but Apple is finally taking a big step towards trying to ensure that the workers who build its bestselling iPads, iPods, and iPhones enjoy a decent standard of living,” Jason Mick reports for DailyTech.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s largesse is even more praiseworthy considering that Foxconn’s suicide rate is lower than China’s average. Please see: Media blows it: Foxconn employees face significantly lower suicide risk – May 28, 2010
Mick continues, “Apple’s products are almost entirely manufactured by Foxconn, a China-based unit of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry. Foxconn builds the sleek devices at its Shenzhen plant in Southern China. While many companies (Microsoft, HP, Dell, Nintendo, Sony, etc.) utilize Foxconn’s manufacturing services, the Shenzhen facility primarily serves Apple — and it’s also the site of all of the recent suicides.”
MacDailyNews Take: “All of the recent suicides” that are, again, below China’s average.
Mick continues, “According to a report by Chinese news organization Sina, Apple has now quietly committed a dramatic gesture, offering to finance the majority of the 20 percent raise in pay to the Shenzhen workers. The raise was long promised to workers, but had remained undelivered for some time now.”
“The raise will make a world of difference.,” Mick reports. “While some will question why Apple didn’t push for higher wages in the first place, it’s important to appreciate that it is at least taking action now. One can only hope that HP, Dell, Microsoft, and others step up to the plate and offer to subsidize similar raises at their manufacturing locations — even if they haven’t been struck by the spate of suicides that occurred at Apple’s plant.”
MacDailyNews Take: “The spate of suicides” that are, once again, below China’s average.
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MacDailyNews Take: Beware what you read for most of it is horseshit. That said, if the pay raise aspect of the story is true, Apple proves once again to be a vastly different company than most. Apple is to be commended for this move. Our expectations are low for any of the other companies mentioned above to follow Apple’s lead this time.