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Friday, 06 August 2010 10:04

Foxconn's "troubles" continue

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Why do they keep doing this
It appears that Foxconn got a taste of Murphy’s laws as yet another worker fell to his death yesterday. This time around, however, the suicide happened in Foxconn’s Kunshan factory rather than in already infamous Shenzen one.

The worker was a 22-year-old female identified as Miss Liu who has been working in the company’s Kunshan factory since the end of March. Her job was packaging plastic but it obviously did little to make her life better.

One would figure that a company would do anything and everything in order to protect its workers and lend an ear to their troubles. Instead, Foxconn went for a safety net in its factories, which would put some tyrants to shame with the level of heartlessness. Unfortunately, the aforementioned safety net failed to make a difference in this case, as the woman eventually died from injuries later.

Some mainstream media are apparently trying to keep the story down low, as it might hurt someone’s pile of cash, and let us remind you - piles of cash cannot heal. With this in mind, the cause of this suicide is cited as, wait for it – unknown.

More here.

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-7 #1 master811 2010-08-06 15:54
This has just been blown out of proportion, granted it's not a nice thing, but the number of suicides at Foxconn is no more (and IIRC is actually less) than the national average for China).
 
 
-2 #2 Squall_Leonhart 2010-08-07 09:29
uh.... and when you compare it to china's population, its a little hard NOT to consider it obscene.
 
 
+3 #3 sidje 2010-08-09 10:48
Well it's easy lumping living beings into statistics, but a reminder - this is a serious moneymaking company that in turn provides its workers with sub-par working environment.

What you're trying to say is exactly what Foxconn, Apple and whatever other company will have everyone believe - it's only normal, so screw people, where's our cash.

P.S. I'll ask you about statistics when your boss starts giving you a hard time, let alone treat you like Foxconn treats its workers.
 
 
+2 #4 estani 2010-08-09 14:07
Well master811 Quoting master811:
This has just been blown out of proportion, granted it's not a nice thing, but the number of suicides at Foxconn is no more (and IIRC is actually less) than the national average for China).


master does have a point there:
As the average in china is over 24 people per 100.000 a year. Foxconn has 800.000 employees and therefore statistics say 16 suicidal per month might be "expected".
http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suiciderates/en/

But I think those have probably more problems than working for Foxconn, so the fact is: they are indeed doing something very, very wrong.

I wonder what that might be....
 

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