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Despite precautions, another suicide at Foxconn

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The workers here at Foxconn Jinan work 12 hours a day, six days a week.  They’re denied health coverage, pensions and other benefits.  There’s no overtime pay and minimal job security.  Things are so bad that last week, barely six months after it opened, Foxconn Jinan saw its first worker suicide.

“And that’s why we don’t let the adjuncts read Camus anymore,” says factory manager Liu Kun.  He’s referring to the adjunct professors who labor in Foxconn’s newest factory, grading papers and lecturing via Skype for philosophy courses back in the United States.  Originally slated to produce LEDs, Foxconn Jinan was converted to a philosophy factory after American university administrators realized the potential of cheap Chinese labor.

Well, more like cheap “Chinese” labor.  The overwhelming majority of the adjuncts here are US citizens.  They packed their things, left their families and moved to China because “it was easier than finding a steady teaching job in America.”  So says Lauren Carr, a 28 year-old fresh out of graduate school.  “At least here, there’s no shortage of work to be done,” she adds, clearly one of the more optimistic workers at the site.

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Written by fauxphilnews

March 2, 2012 at 7:09 am