Mass Suicide Threat Results In Massive Lay-Offs For Foxconn Workers

Will Fan Boys finally rebuke their iPhones as more news of Foxconn’s inhumane treatment of workers surfaces in this ZNet article by Hana Stewart-Smith?

When 300 men and women climb onto a rooftop and threaten to commit suicide in protest over denied compensation, it is impossible not to wonder how a company could lead its employees into such desperation.

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But Foxconn did.

A little over a week ago, 300 employees at Foxconn’s Technology Park in Wuhan, China threatened their own lives because they were denied a vital pay increase. Foxconn told them they could either keep their jobs without it, or they could quit and be compensated.

Many chose to quit, but the company terminated the agreement, and none of the former workers received the promised compensation.

Production at the company was temporarily halted. It was not until 9 pm the next day that the town’s mayor was able to talk the 300 down from the roof.

Foxconn has been at the center of some considerably uncomfortable controversy over the last two years, after its high suicide rates and poor working conditions came to light. In total, it is thought 14 workers committed suicide in 2010.

Although previously the company’s suicide rate was well below the country’s average, it’s hard to downplay those numbers now.

Foxconn installed suicide nets at their factory last year, and workers in Chengdu are required to sign a “no suicide” pact in their contracts.

These are just a few of the many small details that add up to a more worrying whole…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Techno novelty, still more “important” than living things, human or otherwise.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Techno novelty, still more “important” than living things, human or otherwise.

  • chinagreenelvis

    Another misleading title brought to you by Disinfo.com…

    There wasn’t actually a mass suicide. There was threat of one.

  • chinagreenelvis

    Another misleading title brought to you by Disinfo.com…

    There wasn’t actually a mass suicide. There was threat of one.

    • MadHierophant

      Yeah, that definitely needs to be changed. 

    • Jin The Ninja

      I wrote the headline, and i’d thought it was a bit cheeky.

      • chinagreenelvis

        Hm. Still a bit innacurate, actually – since the suicide threat didn’t actually cause any layoffs. Perhaps something along the lines of “Foxconn Terminates Employee Agreement, Employees Threaten to Terminate Their Lives” would better represent what actually went down. Not to write your headlines for you, I mean, it’s just that I see a lot of misrepresentation on this site.

        • Jin The Ninja

          perhaps, but if people read the article the story would clearly present itself. it is accessible not academic in language. i feel okay with slight editorialising, because i am not a journo…not only that but i actually used your own criticism to amend the headline…if you have issues with other articles, that has nothing to do with me, because most articles are posted by various readers, and hence they write their own headlines.

      • MrSta

        You cheeky little monkey you

  • Mr Willow

    Will Fan Boys finally rebuke their iPhones. . ?

    Ha! If they are aware of this they will take the stance of “Yeah, that’s really sad, but I can’t live without my Jesus Phone!!” 

  • Mr Willow

    Will Fan Boys finally rebuke their iPhones. . ?

    Ha! If they are aware of this they will take the stance of “Yeah, that’s really sad, but I can’t live without my Jesus Phone!!” 

    • Anarchy Pony

      Lolz @ jesus phone.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Lolz @ jesus phone.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that definitely needs to be changed. 

  • Jin (仁)

    I wrote the headline, and i’d thought it was a bit cheeky.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Did anybody else read the Wired article? This makes it almost look like a corporate white-washing.
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_joelinchina/

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Did anybody else read the Wired article? This makes it almost look like a corporate white-washing.
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_joelinchina/

    • Mr Willow

      The commentary below that article is appalling. 

      “Yeah, people committed suicide because of unbearable conditions, but our college kids commit suicide at a higher rate, so we should really be thanking Foxconn for saving lives. . . Ya Apple!!”

  • Mr Willow

    The commentary below that article is appalling. 

    “Yeah, people committed suicide because of unbearable conditions, but our college kids commit suicide at a higher rate, so. . . Ya Apple!!”

  • chinagreenelvis

    Hm. Still a bit innacurate, actually – since the suicide threat didn’t actually cause any layoffs. Perhaps something along the lines of “Foxconn Terminates Employee Agreement, Employees Threaten to Terminate Their Lives” would better represent what actually went down. Not to write your headlines for you, I mean, it’s just that I see a lot of misrepresentation on this site.

  • Jin (仁)

    perhaps, but if people read the article the story would clearly present itself. it is accessible not academic in language. i feel okay with slight editorialising, because i am not a journo…not only that but i actually used your own criticism to amend the headline…if you have issues with other articles, that has nothing to do with me, because most articles are posted by various readers, and hence they write their own headlines.

  • gwen jackson

    so sad. all that profit from all that misery. so spoiled dummies can have shiny stupid shit.

  • gwen jackson

    so sad. all that profit from all that misery. so spoiled dummies can have shiny stupid shit.

  • http://twitter.com/mlilback Mark Lilback

    Why not ask xbox fan boys to rebuke their xboxes, too? And Fan Boys of the Kindle, the Wii, the PlayStation 3, the Nook, and products made by Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Logitech, Motorola, Netgear, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, and many others. 

    Anytime Foxconn has a problem, all the reports blame Apple. But Apple is not the only popular product made there. Seems like anyone with a TV and a video game system are just as responsible as “Apple Fan Boys”.

  • http://twitter.com/mlilback Mark Lilback

    Why not ask xbox fan boys to rebuke their xboxes, too? And Fan Boys of the Kindle, the Wii, the PlayStation 3, the Nook, and products made by Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Logitech, Motorola, Netgear, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, and many others. 

    Anytime Foxconn has a problem, all the reports blame Apple. But Apple is not the only popular product made there. Seems like anyone with a TV and a video game system are just as responsible as “Apple Fan Boys”.

    • Jin The Ninja

      foxconn’s biggest and most notable client IS APPLE.

      defending an indefensible human rights violating corporation is not becoming.

      just because you love a brand or product does not make it ethical.

    • Serafina Kalashnikova

      “Why not ask xbox fan boys to rebuke their xboxes, too? And Fan Boys of
      the Kindle, the Wii, the PlayStation 3, the Nook, and products made by
      Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Logitech, Motorola,
      Netgear, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, and
      many others.”

      I, for one, think this is an EXCELLENT idea. Certainly far better than saying “Oh, well. Everyone does it. Let’s just ignore it and hope it works itself out.”

  • Jin (仁)

    foxconn’s biggest and most notable client IS APPLE.

    defending an indefensible human rights violating corporation is not becoming.

    just because you love a brand or product does not make it ethical.

  • Anonymous

    You cheeky little monkey you

  • Anonymous

    When it is cheaper to use people than robots don’t be surprised when corporations value people less than machines.
    Of course the owners of Foxcon are billionaires, based upon that it is hardly surprising why they are unwilling to pay some extra ‘cents’ per hours, not bloody dollars just cents per hour.
    The rich and greedy will always remain the rich and greedy up until the day they are outlawed or buried.

  • rtb61

    When it is cheaper to use people than robots don’t be surprised when corporations value people less than machines.
    Of course the owners of Foxcon are billionaires, based upon that it is hardly surprising why they are unwilling to pay some extra ‘cents’ per hours, not bloody dollars just cents per hour.
    The rich and greedy will always remain the rich and greedy up until the day they are outlawed or buried.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Serafina-Kalashnikova/100000975603550 Serafina Kalashnikova

    “Why not ask xbox fan boys to rebuke their xboxes, too? And Fan Boys of
    the Kindle, the Wii, the PlayStation 3, the Nook, and products made by
    Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Logitech, Motorola,
    Netgear, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, and
    many others.”

    I, for one, think this is an EXCELLENT idea. Certainly far better than saying “Oh, well. Everyone does it. Let’s just ignore it and hope it works itself out.”

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