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'Robbed of dignity' and half his brain: Zhang's Foxconn nightmare

via Sydney Morning Herald | Oct. 17, 2012
Apple's largest contract manufacturer has been pushing for a Chinese worker left brain-damaged in a factory accident to be removed from hospital in a case that throws a harsh new spotlight on labour rights in China.

He said that despite Foxconn's funding - a monthly allowance of 11,000 yuan ($US1800) plus treatment costs - the family had racked up 200,000 yuan ($US31,800) in debt to pay for medicines not provided by the hospital and other expenses.

Back home in central Henan province, the family was building a house for Zhang to live in after his impending marriage when he was injured.

"We were building a three-storey house," the elder Zhang said. "The project has since been abandoned and all the building materials we bought have been washed away by rain. But these workers still have to be paid. My whole life is over."



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