Two Shenzhen Workers Reportedly Jump From Foxconn Factory Roofs After Reduced iPhone Orders

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Apple and Foxconn’s jumper problem might not be a thing of the past after all, as reports over the weekend broke that two workers have jumped from the roof of Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory on Friday in reaction to job cuts, lowered wages and the end of free amenities at the world’s largest gadget manufacturer.

What’s happening is a little bit confusing, and mostly comes from numerous microblog reports, but Kotaku says:

On the Friday morning the 29, photos and posts appeared on China’s twitter like microblogging service, Sina Weibo, which two Foxconn employees had jumped off a building due to concerns over job security. Most reports say that three workers climbed up to the roof of the G14 building at Foxconn Shenzhen. One cited source said that the workers climbed up because they were worried about their jobs. Foxconn has seen a decline in orders since the first few months of this year. Due to the decline the company has started using various methods to get rid of workers…

Recent reports about Foxconn say that the company has started to lower employee wages. It is also reported that Foxconn has taken away and started charging employees for once free services.

There may be nothing to this report: a Foxconn spokesman has claimed that no such incident has occurred.

It’s also worth nothing that while local reports claim that workers are being fired and amenities cut at Foxconn, that is hard to reconcile with Foxconn’s record profits last quarter. On the other hand, recent reports have suggested that February was a very weak month for all of Apple’s suppliers.

Foxconn suicide jumpers is an old problem for the manufacturing giant, but one that everyone had believed had been licked. What’s so strange about this report is that old jumps were allegedly prompted by inhumane work conditions. Now, though, Apple has 99% compliance in enforcing a 60 hour work week across all of its manufacturing partners. It seems like Foxconn’s workers are now jumping because there’s not enough work.

  • joewaylo

    And there goes the lemmings again.

  • rogifan

    Shame on CultofMac for the click bait headline. There is no evidence whatsoever that this incident has anything to do with iPhone 5.

  • rogifan

    Shame on CultofMac for the click bait headline. There is no evidence whatsoever that this incident has anything to do with iPhone 5.

  • bdkennedy

    They kill themselves if there’s too much work and they kill themselves if there’s not enough.

  • MrsCleaver

    A bad, REALLY bad April Fool’s joke. Almost as bad as the idea of a Chinese Foxconn worker wearing wingtip shoes, pigeon nipping at his feet. That would be classified as a dress up dinner affair.

  • Steven Quan

    Much ado about nothing even if this story was true. Foxconn have over 700,000 employees. City of Columbus Ohio have a slightly higher population around 780,000. How many suicide do you think happen in Columbus, Ohio in one year’s time? You think Chinese people don’t have personal problems? There were probably more suicides in Columbus Ohio in the past month than Foxconn the past 3 months.

  • technochick

    Shame on CultofMac for the click bait headline. There is no evidence whatsoever that this incident has anything to do with iPhone 5.

    They have no shame especially about demo nixing Apple and hit whoring

  • Fiercehairdo

    This is either an April Fools in REALLY bad taste. Or it’s a real story (or rather a headline, missing a story with details) in which case the irreverent photo is in REALLY bad taste. Either way, shame on you. Suicide isn’t funny.

  • jbach63

    Shame on Brownlee and Cult editors, who are living up to the moniker the Angry Mac Bastards give them. These are personal trajedies, whether real as in the past, or invented for a cruel April fool idiocy. A huge difference between the pathos and irony in the theme from mash and this kind of link baiting exploration, You guys just don’t get it.

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