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Friday, 13 January 2012 16:13

Foxconn resolves dispute with workers in China

Written by Nedim Hadzic

foxconn logo

Only with some, though

Foxconn announced on Thursday that it sat down and resolved the dispute with its workers from Wuhan, China. The company claims that the protest involved 150 of 32,000 workers at the campus, some of which threatened the company with suicide.

Foxcon said that although the dispute was resolved peacefully, 45 workers resigned. It refused to provide more details but, apparently, one worker claims that he was promised additional compensation.

Some of the workers were disgruntled over forced moves from Shenzen to Wuhan, latter of which is said to have much worse working conditions. One of these workers claims that they were promised $450 a month and overtime pay, ultimately receiving less than a third of this amount.

You may recall that Foxconn was hit by a wave of suicides in its plants in China. After showing enviable ingenuity and compassion by putting up safety nets, the company resorted to other means such as psychiatry and talking to its workers. It is said that this is a result of pressure applied by Apple and other clients.

In yet another move that shows it cares, Foxconn began investing in robots. The company also moved some of its production to central and western China as this region has lower labor costs.

Foxconn said: “The welfare of our employees is our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and that their rights are fully protected.” Perhaps they should’ve painted hearts on their safety nets, as it would make a much better statement of their generous benevolence.

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-3 #1 123s 2012-01-14 00:02
Great written article :D

Oh well...lets blame Apple and consoles !
 
 
-1 #2 youserzero 2012-01-14 00:46
Quoting 123s:
Oh well...lets blame Apple and consoles !


Apple isn't the only one but they probably the largest company Foxconn deals with. Anyone who deals with them should be blamed. It isn't like they had a gun to their corporate heads and were forced to enter a supply contract with a company like Foxconn that has an almost non-existent human rights record.

Perhaps you have a good reason why you think they shouldn't be held accountable for their own actions? Man the F up!
 
 
-2 #3 123s 2012-01-14 13:48
Quoting youserzero:
Perhaps you have a good reason why you think they shouldn't be held accountable for their own actions? Man the F up!
Well, in the end everybody involved is responsible. Foxconn for threating their workers like that, Apple(and everybody else who makes business with them) and the customers of course, who support it all in the end.

My comment before was more of a joke btw : x
 
 
-2 #4 JAB Creations 2012-01-15 18:49
Quoting 123s:
Oh well...lets blame Apple and consoles !




Let's blame controlled media, lack of self-responsibility, decreased quality of parenting and people posting misleading comments.
 
 
0 #5 fteoath64 2012-01-16 06:37
It IS Apple's responsibility to ensure that their corporate community responsibilitie s are met. This means all workers that touched their products even if that belongs to a subcontractor. Apple has not dire need to push for top dollar profits! (for what???).

As a consumer, you do not have the responsibility for how the product is being made. But you can ensure the supplier provides such responsibilitie s by giving it your feedback and refusing to buy again, if he neglects. But other than that you have no other recourse in this situation.
 
 
0 #6 123s 2012-01-16 10:22
Quoting JAB Creations:
Let's blame controlled media, lack of self-responsibility, decreased quality of parenting and people posting misleading comments.
Quoting 123s:
My comment before was more of a joke btw : x

Okay I got it, sarcasm online doesnt work :/
 

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