puggal - Foxconn opened the gates of their plant following by media pressure on Wednesday. Foxconn Technology Group’s Chairman Terry Gou led the media tour at the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. But it was not an informative group or Foxconn had invited reporters for briefing them about their upcoming product. The main news is Foxconn has lost as many as 10 workers this year, and making the situation even worse. All of these deaths came through suicides. Recently, on Tuesday another employee Li Hai, 19, committed suicide and finished his life by his own hands. Li jumped from the building of his own company. The queer thing about this case is that he had just 42 days of working with this organization.
The media is paying a lot of attention in this case and they are asking questions about the company employees that why are all of these people killing themselves. The purpose of inviting media in the company was they wanted to make sure that there were no paranormal activities going in the company and committing suicides was the personal decision of the employees. Foxconn Technology has business relations with giants like Apple, Dell and Nokia phones.
More than 300,000 people work at Shenzhen plant and reportedly it was the 9th death in the list of suicides by comply employees. Two other workers also tried to kill them by jumping from the building but they survived. Only one suicide that occurred outside Shenzhen plant was in northern Hebei province in the month of January this year.
The chairman says media interest can make situation even worse because unintentionally they are provoking other employees for more suicides.
Foxconn Suicide Report: Deaths Prompt Independent Investigations By Apple And HP
devicemag - After a growing number of suicidal deaths of Foxconn employees, the tech manufacturer has caught the attention of two of its biggest clients: Apple and Hewelett Packard. Nine suicides have occurred at Foxconn, so Apple and HP have decided to take action.
Foxconn is one of the largest manufacturers of high technology in the world- producing gadgets like the iPhone, among countless others. So it’s no surprise that the recent slew of suicides has caught the attention of both Foxconn’s clients and the mass media.
Foxconn is considered by many to be a borderline sweatshop- working conditions are harsh, but always voluntary. Most employees sign waivers so the company can schedule them for more overtime than would otherwise be legal. In addition, wages are low, and working conditions are cramped, so it comes as no surprise that the suicides have become contagious.
Apple is taking the lead in looking into the recent deaths:
“We’re in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously,” he said in an official statement. “A team from Apple is independently evaluating the steps they are taking to address these tragic events and we will continue our ongoing inspections of the facilities where our products are made.”
While there are numerous cases of worker mistreatment, and suicides related to terrible work conditions in China, this one is certainly the farthest reaching- Foxconn is responsible for the majority of Apple and HP products- among a number of other companies, so any significant changes to their business will almost certainly have a significant impact on the world economy, and the tech industry.
Suicides Plague Chinese Technology Manufacturer