Gizmodo's Joel Johnson went to the Foxconn plant in China, home of 17 suicides, to find out just what the hell is going on over there. Turns out Foxconn is like a college campus and still one of the top places to work in the area. Read his whole report on Foxconn, China and our responsibility at Wired. [Wired]
Not only does Foxconn "categorically reject" last week's shocking survey of 1,736 employees who told of overtime, lack of promised payrises and even violence, but they believe that their 937,000 employees work in a "safe and positive" environment.
It comes as no surprise that someone would want to leak the independently-produced report on Foxconn's treatment of its workers, but the contents are bloody appalling. Apparently 1,736 workers were surveyed, with stories of overtime and even violence.
Despite installing safety nets around the building premises, a 22-year old female worker at Foxconn's Kunshan factory committed suicide early yesterday morning. She only joined Foxconn at the end of March, where she worked packaging plastics.
What to do when your factory's been plagued with unwanted attention after numerous employee suicides? Why, move up North, that's what. A notice on a government site in Hebi city, North China, suggests Foxconn's looking for 300,000 new workers.
Last we heard about Foxconn, they were considering closing down their Shenzhen factories, which have had bulk-attention festooned on them the past six months due to the spate of suicides. Now, we learn they're handing over control of dorms.
Aha, now this is all making much more sense. Foxconn raised wages by 30 per cent, and then a further 66 per cent on top of that—and now has scrapped the compensation for families of the deceased.
Another death at Foxconn's Shenzhen factory, only this time it wasn't a suicide attempt, according to reports. Instead, the 28-year-old man (who'd only married his wife, above, three months ago) died from exhaustion.
There's not been confirmation to Monday's report that Apple would be giving a percentage of their profits to Foxconn factory workers who produce their products, but Foxconn's doing their bit in offering financial reasons for its employees to stay alive.
Well-respected Chinese site Zol, owned by CNET's parent company CBS Interactive, has published a report claiming that Apple will be providing financial subsidies to Foxconn's workers, helping boost their current monthly salary of roughly $130 each.
While we recently published news of the 12th Foxconn employee to attempt a suicide, and then immediately updated the story with new of a 13th jumper, those reports are already dated.
Despite Foxconn allegedly asking all employees to sign contracts promising not to kill themselves, another worker has jumped out of a building window. This came hours after Foxconn's CEO was boasting to press of the fabulous facilities at the factories.
Foxconn has gone into serious damage control this week, with CEO Guo Tai-ming inviting 100 members of the press to view the facilities today. Even Apple and Dell, two companies whose products are produced in Foxconn's factories, have spoken out.