iPhone-maker Foxconn holds rallies after suicides - BostonHerald.com The latest suicide — the 12th this year — occurred August 4 when a 22-year-old woman jumped from her factory dormitory in eastern Jiangsu province. The rally Wednesday was taking place at Foxconn’s mammoth industrial park in Shenzhen, which employs 300,000 and where most of the suicides took place. Foxconn, part of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., has built itself into the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, by delivering quality products on thin profit margins for its customers which include Apple Inc., Sony Corp., Dell Inc., Nokia Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Labor activists, however, say that success has come in part from driving workers hard by enforcing a rigid management style, operating a too-fast assembly line and requiring excessive overtime. Chinese workers growing dissatisfaction with the low wages and pressure cooker working conditions that helped turn the country into an international manufacturing powerhouse. Foxconn also announced two raises, more than doubling the basic worker pay to 2,000 yuan ($293) a month at the Shenzhen compound. But workers have to pass a three-month review period before they qualify for the second raise. ----------------------------------------------- Right wingers made a mistake when they told me I made this up. It's possible that Americans can compete with this, but how many would want to? That girl lived in a fucking "dormitory". Someone asked, "Do they even see the outside world"? Corporations sure love that "communist/socialist" workforce. At $293 A MONTH, are the Chinese getting too "greedy"?