Foxconn Protest Leads to Suicide Threats

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Protesting workers at Foxconn’s Wuhan factory in China aren’t happy with their current pay scale, and some have even gone so far as to threaten to jump off a building. About 200 factory workers were involved in the protest that parent company Hon Hai Precision said has been resolved.

Foxconn workers threatened to jump off a building over pay ratesFoxconn workers threatened to jump off a building over pay rates

“The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government,” Hon Hai spokesman Simon Tsing told Reuters. He added that no one has actually jumped off buildings.

The workers were complaining that they made less money working at the Wuhan factory compared to their previous jobs.

Foxconn recently agreed to raise employee wages to offset lost overtime as part of an effort to comply with local labor laws. Apple has been supportive of the plan, although employees were concerned that they wouldn’t make as much money. Many Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, are assembled in Foxconn facilities.

“We have just been told that we can only work a maximum of 36 hours a month of overtime. I tell you, a lot of us are unhappy with this,” Foxconn factory worker Chen Yamie said. “We think that 60 hours of overtime a month would be reasonable and that 36 hours would be too little.”

The pay scale and overtime changes followed a Fair Labor Association audit that revealed what the organization called “significant issues” with working conditions in the factories.

Foxconn employs more than 1.2 million workers at its factories.

Comments

John Molloy

Jeff. Is this Apple related? When the same technique was used in January it was the Xbox team that were complaining.

Remember Foxconn manufacture for many companies other than Apple.

filecat13

Is there really an Apple-branded Hon Hai factory in Wuhan as depicted in the picture? This seems preposterous. Also, were any of these employees working on Apple gear, or is Apple just the cheap link-bait. One thing many of these workers must know by now is that the threat of suicide gets media whore attention in the West and gives them media power far beyond their normal reach.

Sad journalism…

geoduck

In a related note, is that a real or a Photoshopped picture? I’d be surprised if they had an Apple Logo on the building but if PS then it’s a pretty good job.

Lee Dronick

Naw, that logo is Photoshopped onto the building. If it were real it would be grubbier looking.

Geoduck, speaking of Banksy did you know that he was also a film maker? At about marker 0:30 in the linked video clip you can see footage he took inside of a Foxconn factory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1LhJzF3rE

geoduck

speaking of Banksy did you know that he was also a film maker

That was hysterical.LOL

Lee Dronick

It is unfortunate that make light of their working conditions, but if it helps us help them.

furbies

At about marker 0:30 in the linked video clip you can see footage he took inside of a Foxconn factory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1LhJzF3rE

That was very very dark.

Not to mention somewhat depressing and not the sort of thing to watch first thing in the AM

Erick

In a related note, is that a real or a Photoshopped picture? I?d be surprised if they had an Apple Logo on the building but if PS then it?s a pretty good job.

If that’s a “pretty good job” then I shudder to imagine what you think a poor job is.  This copy and paste job would have taken all of 3 seconds, and doesn’t require any Photoshop skills.

The lighting is wrong, the perspective is wrong, the position of the logo makes no sense.  No one intended for that picture to be taken seriously.

Lee Dronick

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