hackingbear writes: If you think you have a hard time getting a raise this year, workers in Taiwanese electronic outsourcing manufacturer Foxconn got one after a series of 13 suicides, including 3 in 3 consecutive days. According to this article (google translation) by state-run newspaper China Daily, after its own investigation, Apple concludes that the main cause of the suicides is low wage. (The media has also blamed on everything from the semi-military style of management, long over-time to China's one-child policy and Foxconn paying too much compensation to the family of suicide workers causing copycat suicides.) Apple plans to subsidize raises for its own products — the first one being the iPad. This would raise the outsourcing cost from 2.3% to 3% of the iPad's sales price. The article does not say the amount of the raise per head, but it is rumored to be about 20% according to other Chinese news sources.
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