Nintendo, Nokia and Sony Promise Foxconn Investigations

May 28, 2010 -

Foxconn is, at least publicly, taking a beating from its clients - whose ranks include Apple, Nokia, Sony, Nintendo and more. Today Nintendo, Nokia and Sony announced in separate statements that they are conducting investigations into reports concerning a number of suicides that have occurred at several Foxconn facilities in China. Companies like Nintendo and Sony use Foxconn to manufacture products and components cheaply. The company owned by Hon Hai Precision Industries employs approximately 430,000.

Some reports have suggested that many of these companies are aware of the low pay, pressure, and bad working conditions that employees of Foxconn face; after all auditors and other company officials frequently check on production quotas and other matters that affect their supply chains.. Earlier in the week Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard issued statements saying that they take working conditions "seriously" and plan to do their own investigations into these matters.

Even while companies line up promising to conduct investigations, suicide attempts continue to happen at Foxconn's factories: On Friday there were reports of yet another attempted suicide - by some accounts the 16th since the beginning of the year. Earlier in the week, following a media tour intended to show happy, safe workers, a worker reportedly jumped to his death. Hon Hai has been accused of forcing employees to work long hours for low pay under stressful and sometimes violent conditions.

The company's solution to the problem? A promise to install "suicide nets" to discourage employees from jumping, and a 20 percent wage increase to "some workers." Delightful.

I'd like to tell you that a company like, Apple, as an example, is new to this sort of thing but it is not. Read this 2006 Ars Technica article on Foxconn, Apple, iPods and abused workers. Four years later and they continue to use Foxconn.


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Re: Nintendo, Nokia and Sony Promise Foxconn Investigations

Personally, I can see this hurting not just Nintendo, Sony or PC makers, but also Apple and Microsoft(I looked up Foxconn on Wikipedia and it seems they also assemble HP and Dells, as well as PC motherboards.)

 

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Ummm its china of corse thier slave wages and abuse of wokers............


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Re: Nintendo, Nokia and Sony Promise Foxconn Investigations

Yeah, I never thought I'd see a place that would make Walmart seem like an A-Ok place to work

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Isn't there a Wal-Mart in China now?

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"The company's solution to the problem? A promise to install "suicide nets" to discourage employees from jumping, and a 20 percent wage increase to "some workers." Delightful."

LOL. Yeah, don't actually treat the problem. Just make sure people work in crushing misery more safely.

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"suicide nets" and a wage increase to "some employees"?

That's like a killer promising not to shoot people but stabbing them instead

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Fromm what I understand the company is also having its workers sign contracts "Not to commit suicide."

Love to see that suit for Breach of Contract

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The contract probably states that the worker's families will be held liable in lieu of the worker's death.  How do you prevent someone from commiting suicide?  By making it so that they are not only the ones who feel the brunt of corporate punishment.

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Re: Nintendo, Nokia and Sony Promise Foxconn Investigations

Altough people are fast to accuse them of being evil, you must notice something:

They have employees in a number that is one fourth of the population of Quebec City. Whatever they do, eventually there will be bad stuff (accidents, suicides, quitting, fights, brawls...).

But that does not mean that they are not guilty too, this is why the investigation by their clients is important. But right now it is INVESTIGATION.

Don't run around saying: "The commie chinese are evil people that massacre workers!!!" without knowing exactly what is going on.

That said, I wish people these days made less suicides. Altough we are here seeing this problem with chinese workers, the most rich countries actually have the highest suicide rates of the world. And in the last 2 years, 4 famous people from the demoscene (a small scene of people that work hard on improving entertainment technology) gave in to suicide.

 

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The company's solution to the problem? A promise to install "suicide nets" to discourage employees from jumping, and a 20 percent wage increase to "some workers."

With "some workes" they are obviously refering to high executives. Lovely, indeed. Thanks god they are not politicians.

 

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Considering they're underpaid and overworked im not surprise there people commiting suicide because of Foxconn.

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