The human cost of your iPad
While excited would-be owners of Apple’s new iPad wait in orgasmic anticipation of their pre-orders, their chances at owning this “revolutionary” and “magical” new device, we fail to recognise some grim consequences that their manufacture accompanies.
In light of recent suicides by employees from Apple’s Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, caused by severe stress, harassment and interrogation, the company is now reportedly attempting to tackle the issue by enforcing no-suicide contracts and installing “preventative” nets around buildings to prevent jumpers.
Apple is reported to be conducting its own investigations in the matter.
Apple’s statement in response to the last suicide of employee Sun Danyong states:
Regardless of the reason of Sun’s suicide, it is to some extent a reflection of Foxconn’s internal management deficiencies, especially in how to help young workers cope with the psychological pressures of working life at the company.
It’s sobering news at a time when many Apple fans celebrate their new acquisitions.