Foxconn to stop paying employees to commit suicide

Want to stop your employees killing themselves? Stop paying them to do it. Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that builds the iPhone and iPad, has faced a barrage of criticism recently after twelve employees committed suicide - six in May alone.

Critics have blamed poor pay and conditions in the overcrowded factories for the deaths, and the company has raised salaries recently. But they've hit on an alternative explanation: the scheme the company introduced to compensate the families of workers who kill themselves might actually be encouraging employees to kill themselves. D'oh!

'You don't have to be sad, because Foxconn will pay a bit of money,' one worker apparently wrote in his suicide note to his parents. Seems pretty damning. The company has now terminated the scheme, and both they and Steve Jobs - who has received his own bad press over the suicides - are hoping the trend subsides.

We can't help but feel, though, that if a company has to set up a scheme to compensate the families of suicidal workers in the first place, something's probably already wrong...

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