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The revelation is the latest in a series of findings about the treatment of workers at Foxconn plants, where staff often work six 12-hour shifts a week, 98 hours of overtime in a month, and live in dormitories that look and feel like prison blocks.
One worker spoke of how the factories had to keep pumping out the iPad around the clock, so much so that staff were required to work seven day weeks, as much as 12 hours more a week over Apple's own code of conduct for maximum work hours, which is set at 60 hours a week.Foxconn has denied that the insane hours were to blame for the suicides, with one cruel executive even going as far as to say that some victims were attempting to get compensation for loved ones.
After intense international media scrutiny and investigations, Foxconn attempted to end the spate of suicides with the introduction of nets around dormitory buildings and bans on equipment like hairdryers and kettles that might be used in a suicide attempt. The company even brought in monks to exorcise evil spirits which they believed led to the suicides, instead of addressing the paltry working conditions that were really to blame.