New report says Foxconn employees abused

Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical components, is facing a leaked report that states the company abuses its employees. The report also says that the company has been responsible for harsh punishment, illegal labor practices and unsafe working conditions for its workers.

In May,it was reported that 11 workers had committed suicide and that the last employee had only been working for Foxconn for 42 days. The tense situation ended with Foxconn announcing a 30% pay-raise for its workers. The new report states that the rise was no higher than 9.1% and that workers were missing out on bonuses which they were promised.

A survey, conducted by more than 60 teachers and students from 20 different universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan found that at the company’s Shenzhen, Kunshan, Taiyuan, Wuhan and Shanghai plants, workers were being abused and were the victims of other human rights violations. In some plants, the abused workers made more than 50% of the plants employees. Fourteen of the students trying to conduct the survey, went inside the plants themselves to get a full experience of what life really is like.

Global Times has reported that 38.1% of all Foxconn workers had been subject to privacy invasion by management and that 16.4% had been physically abused.

As the company does not make employees sign contracts, the company does not pay for medical care and if an employee is injured they must pay their own medical care.

Foxconn produces electrical components for Intel, Nokia, Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and numerous other large consumer electronics companies.

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theres a app for that

what?!

seriously its more western companies greed and our personal lust for what they produce that are to blame, china's record isnt great, but its not like the usa has a good one (gitmoe??!!!)

peacemf said,
theres a app for that

what?!

seriously its more western companies greed and our personal lust for what they produce that are to blame, china's record isnt great, but its not like the usa has a good one (gitmoe??!!!)

The problem is not caused by western countries and it would not go away if we stopped buying stuff from them. The people there would still have to have jobs and China would still need to produce products made for itself, and thus the abuse would go on anyway.

Throwing blame around is not going to solve anything; trying to work with China and do away with these abusive practices is really the only thing other countries can do. It's ultimately up to the Chinese government though.

There was actually 15 suicides, only 11 were reported and the last 4 were simply covered up because media is causing the chain reaction.

Source: my uncle works at Foxxcon in higher management level.

noPCtoday said,
There was actually 15 suicides, only 11 were reported and the last 4 were simply covered up because media is causing the chain reaction.

Source: my uncle works at Foxxcon in higher management level.


I'd imagine foxconn tries hard to cover up as much as it can, starting with always putting the number down.

Sad, really... Is it surprising though? We all know what we would need to do... Stop buying those products, but that will never happen.

Horrible.. China needs to move forward on Employment Rights and on Human Rights in general.. and yet any word on such a matter never gets beyond the Great Walls.. From what I see, communism has failed to deliver on its promises..

Maybe he wanted to remind us that the promises of the communists were to deliver high end tech devices to the capitalists at affordable prices (which is the main idea of that manifesto of them), therefore the communists have failed...damn you commies.

vincent said,
Dell uses Foxconn to manufacture it's motherboards...

iPad/iPhone parts, HP parts, Motorola phones, Nintendo Wii's...

And apparently their workers commit suicide unusually often and are abused.

It makes me feel bad for having an iPhone, but on the other hand, I think poor working conditions are common behind the scenes in nearly every tech company corner you turn to. It's just that Foxconn is in the spotlight this time around. It's hard to avoid if you like technology. Even those luxurious fashion brands often have kids sewing their clothes, so it's not just technology either.

vincent said,
Dell uses Foxconn to manufacture it's motherboards...

So they're who I can blame for having to send my last Dell (And I do mean LAST) back 4 times for repairs... lol

Well, this is another piece of evidence that western world didn't really abondened slavory. They now just outsource it.

AtriusNY said,
Well, this is another piece of evidence that western world didn't really abondened slavory. They now just outsource it.

Its not the western world. Its the world as a whole. The current monetary system is a form of slavery, actually (my personal view).

AtriusNY said,
Well, this is another piece of evidence that western world didn't really abondened slavory. They now just outsource it.

It was this type of work the unions devloped in the US, to protect the workers...it needs to be done in China as well but the government places the country over the individual.

AtriusNY said,
Well, this is another piece of evidence that western world didn't really abondened slavory. They now just outsource it.

Well, we only really have so much control over what goes on in these factories. Though horrible, we are certainly not guiding them in this direction. They bid on manufacturing work and then have to make it profitable. It's like that in a lot of industries. I'm not saying this isn't horrible and doesn't need to be corrected, because it does, but lets point the finger at the actual cause...

bdsams said,

It was this type of work the unions devloped in the US, to protect the workers...it needs to be done in China as well but the government places the country over the individual.


The western world exploits this though. A union that ensures proper salaries and working conditions (read: more expensive to do business there) is not as attractive to corporations. That's why they're drawn like flies to exactly those countries who lack strong unions.

Unions are good for the people, but not as much for greedy corporations looking to make as high profits as possible.

Blatant_Troll said,

Thug unions are the reason for outsourcing. When I shop I try my hardest to buy products made by non-union labor.


Not every union is bad. Turn off the AM radio. Insisting on only non-union labor is like insisting on only USA-made merchandise.

People insist on stuff like that, then betch their heads off about costs. There's an enormous lack of common sense when it comes to economics. I saw it daily when I worked in retail, and people griped and complained and moaned about how nothing was made in the USA anymore.

All I can do is scoff at people nowadays with million dollar houses and tight purse-strings at the mall. Wanna do some good for America? Keep your living conditions according to your needs, and spend that money you saved on STUFF. It's better for the economy, and the housing market can go fark itself.

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, we only really have so much control over what goes on in these factories. Though horrible, we are certainly not guiding them in this direction. They bid on manufacturing work and then have to make it profitable. It's like that in a lot of industries. I'm not saying this isn't horrible and doesn't need to be corrected, because it does, but lets point the finger at the actual cause...


Um then companies who use manufacturers like this (Dell, Apple and like 20 other electronic companies) should stop using them or get them to improve workers conditions. But they don't.

So a good amount of the blame still lies on Western corporations.

Joshie said,

Not every union is bad. Turn off the AM radio. Insisting on only non-union labor is like insisting on only USA-made merchandise.

People insist on stuff like that, then betch their heads off about costs. There's an enormous lack of common sense when it comes to economics. I saw it daily when I worked in retail, and people griped and complained and moaned about how nothing was made in the USA anymore.

All I can do is scoff at people nowadays with million dollar houses and tight purse-strings at the mall. Wanna do some good for America? Keep your living conditions according to your needs, and spend that money you saved on STUFF. It's better for the economy, and the housing market can go fark itself.

Um... That million dollar house? That would be STUFF... LMAO That money went into the economy too. And that's not even considering cleaning staff, maintenance staff, etc, etc., who get regular work from people with these means... And I'm a little perplexed at your other points. On one hand you argue that unions aren't all bad, but then go on to say that attempting to buy non-union made goods is like buying only USA made product (Which would of course be the opposite), then go on about cost, which unionized work certainly does nothing to help...

/- Razorfold said,

Um then companies who use manufacturers like this (Dell, Apple and like 20 other electronic companies) should stop using them or get them to improve workers conditions. But they don't.

So a good amount of the blame still lies on Western corporations.

I guess you missed the article a while ago that these companies WERE trying to do so? But in the end, this lies in the laws in place in these countries. If it's allowed, it's going to happen and China has been well known for a VERY long time as a country with pretty poor working conditions across the board. And that's what their entire economic policy is based on...

M_Lyons10 said,

I guess you missed the article a while ago that these companies WERE trying to do so? But in the end, this lies in the laws in place in these countries. If it's allowed, it's going to happen and China has been well known for a VERY long time as a country with pretty poor working conditions across the board. And that's what their entire economic policy is based on...


I did? Sure companies claim to be trying but I highly doubt it. If they so cared about good worker conditions they can easily get it done. Either threaten foxconn that they will cancel their contracts if **** like this continues, move factories to countries in the world that actually have good labor laws, etc.

At the end of the day, companies care about profits. If they can pay people less than a $1 an hour to get something made at the other end of the world..they will. The countries laws have nothing to do with it. Hell if China actually implemented a $8 minimum wage, companies will just move their factories to another country where a minimum wage doesn't exist and the process will start all over again.

Er can't edit my post but:

As long as theres poor people who desperately need work, you can exploit them. Yes even in countries with good labor laws / minimum wages. Hell take America for example (not exactly the same situation as China but yeh), the minimum wage here is like $7-$9 depending on where you live but yet we tons of illegal immigrants who work for, what I assume, a lot less than that. It's cheap labor and hey they aren't going to complain, because they can't.

Blatant_Troll said,

I'll buy import before I'll buy USA-union.

Very glad I live in a right-to-work state where union scum have to leave us alone.

And you have laws to protect you, unlike in "at will" states, that's where the unions come in, some unions are thug unions but not all of them are bad.
Unions don't come in and take over a company just for the sake of unionizing it, the workers have to do it and if the company is treating its workers fair then that company doesn't have to worry about a union.
If a company treats its workers like crap then rest assured a union will be knocking at their door eventually, as it should be.

AtriusNY said,
Well, this is another piece of evidence that western world didn't really abondened slavory. They now just outsource it.

Exactly, they just reform the slavery.

Truly sad as it's our lust for cheap profitable gadgets that causes this, I wonder how the local government will respond.

bdsams said,
Truly sad as it's our lust for cheap profitable gadgets that causes this, I wonder how the local government will respond.

I can't imagine this being any worse than what the local government already does to its citizens. It is China afterall - they're not exactly famed for their brilliant human rights record.

M2Ys4U said,

I can't imagine this being any worse than what the local government already does to its citizens. It is China afterall - they're not exactly famed for their brilliant human rights record.

if the country doesn't do anything, then maybe the "so call more morally correct" people can do something about it. i worked in a factory and costco was looking into signing a contract with the factory and COSTA SENT INSPECTORS TO THE FACTORY to make sure that the sources of their product (including labouring) are up to standard and within their acceptance!! i was highly surprised have respect at this matter (saying so because there are other things that i do not like how they do business in some areas), but maybe Intel, Nokia, Dell.... would pay some attentional in how their parts were made? and not just how they can maximize their profit?