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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32 Comments on "Mass Suicide Threat Results In Massive Lay-Offs For Foxconn Workers"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm |

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

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jan 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

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

  3. chinagreenelvis | Jan 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

    Another misleading title brought to you by Disinfo.com…

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

  4. chinagreenelvis | Jan 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

    Another misleading title brought to you by Disinfo.com…

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

    • MadHierophant | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm |

      Yeah, that definitely needs to be changed. 

    • Jin The Ninja | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm |

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

      • chinagreenelvis | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm |

        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 | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm |

          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.

      • You cheeky little monkey you

  5. Mr Willow | Jan 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm |

    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!!” 

  6. Mr Willow | Jan 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm |

    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!!” 

  7. Anarchy Pony | Jan 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm |

    Lolz @ jesus phone.

  8. Anonymous | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:13 am |

    Yeah, that definitely needs to be changed. 

  9. Jin (仁) | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:17 am |

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

  10. 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/

  11. 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 | Jan 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm |

      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!!”

  12. Mr Willow | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:48 am |

    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!!”

  13. chinagreenelvis | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:50 am |

    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.

  14. Jin (仁) | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:53 am |

    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.

  15. gwen jackson | Jan 17, 2012 at 2:38 am |

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

  16. gwen jackson | Jan 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm |

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

  17. 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”.

  18. 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 | Jan 17, 2012 at 1:44 am |

      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 | Jan 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |

      “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.”

  19. Jin (仁) | Jan 17, 2012 at 5:44 am |

    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.

  20. Anonymous | Jan 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

    You cheeky little monkey you

  21. Anonymous | Jan 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. “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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