On the Rooftops of Foxconn (Updated)

Last week, workers at a Foxconn Technology Group campus in Wuhan gathered on the factory roof to protest poor working conditions. Foxconn manufactures products for leaders in the world of hi-tech gadgetry, including Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Amazon. PC World describes the hard bargaining chip used by the protestors, and its sensitivity at Foxconn: Workers at a Foxconn Technology Group campus in China staged a protest last week, threatening to jump off a building if the company did not meet their compensation demands, according to local Chinese news reports. […]Working conditions at Foxconn’s factories in China have been under the spotlight since 2010, when a string of suicides occurred at the factories, that involved employees jumping off buildings. During that year, there were a total of 18 suicide attempts, with 14 deaths, according to watchdog group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior. The Telegraph’s Malcolm Moore provides us with an inside account of what drove the workers to these measures: “We were put to work without any training, and paid piecemeal,” said one of the protesting workers, who asked not to be named. “The assembly line ran very fast and after just one morning we all had blisters and the skin on our hand was black. The factory was also really choked with dust and no one could bear it,” he said. Several reports from inside Foxconn factories have suggested that while the company is more advanced than many of its competitors, it is run in a “military” fashion that many workers cannot cope with. At Foxconn’s flagship plant in Longhua, five per cent of its workers, or 24,000 people, quit every month. “Because we could not cope, we went on strike,” said the worker. “It was not about the money but because we felt we had no options. At ...
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