Job cuts at Foxconn reportedly prompt worker to jump from Shenzhen factory roof [updated with Foxcon

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Reduced orders at Foxconn, a technology manufacturer that partners with Apple and other major device makers, have allegedly caused discontent amongst factory workers, one of whom reportedly jumped from a factory roof but did not die.

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A Chinese microblogger snapped this photo last Friday after a Foxconn worker allegedly jumped from the roof of a Shenzhen factory.


Reports from Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo, highlighted by Kotaku, claim that a woman jumped from the roof of Foxconn's Shenzhen factory at 9 a.m. local time last Friday. As of noon, another three employees were said to be on the roof, threatening to jump as well.

It was not reported how the woman survived the jump, but Foxconn was prompted to install safety nets at its mega-factories years ago after a number of workers took to the roof and committed high-profile suicides in an effort to draw attention to working conditions and wages.

The latest events are said to have been caused by reduced orders through Foxconn. Chinese news outlet People's Daily Online reported that Foxconn has been encouraging some employees to leave the company in an effort to cut worker costs.

For its part, Foxconn denied that it has encouraged employees to resign. That's in contrast to recent reports, which have claimed the company has not only reduced wages, but also begun charging employees for service that were once free.

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Worker prepares iPhone for final assembly. | Source: Apple Supplier Responsibility Report


As global criticism of Foxconn began to grow years ago, so too did negative reports about Apple, noting that Foxconn is the principal manufacturer of devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPods. That prompted Apple to pressure Foxconn into giving workers higher wages and improving working conditions.

Under Chief Executive Tim Cook, Apple has also become more transparent in its auditing of overseas suppliers. The most recent update from last month revealed that Apple found 99 percent of its suppliers were in compliance with an imposed 60-hour workweek limit.

The company also announced in January that it had terminated its contract with a supplier after it was discovered that Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics had committed 74 underage labor violations. Apple's code of labor states that "the minimum age for employment or work is 15 years of age, the minimum age for employment in that country, or the age for completing compulsory education in that country, whichever is higher."

Update: Foxconn contacted AppleInsider with the following statement:

Some inaccurate reports have been circulating regarding a workplace dispute that took place on March 29 at our campus in Longhua, Shenzhen. For the record, the facts regarding that matter are as follows:

We can confirm that on March 29, three employees at our campus in Longhua, Shenzhen were involved in a workplace dispute over the company?s decision to offer them an opportunity to relocate to another Foxconn China facility as part of a shift in production linked to their business group. As a result of that dispute, the employees in question gathered at the top of a campus building and stayed there until local law enforcement authorities arrived at the scene. The dispute was resolved peacefully and no one was injured. Any reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate.

The welfare of our employees is our top priority and we are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and that their rights are fully protected. The operational changes that were the basis for this incident are being carried out in accordance with all relevant government laws.
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  • Reply 1 of 31
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,029member
    See, despite all of the so called labour complaints they really do love their jobs & would rather die than lose the job
  • Reply 2 of 31
    irelandireland Posts: 17,008member


    When the only way out is jumping from a roof. Sadly, sometimes people just commit suicide.

  • Reply 3 of 31
    haarhaar Posts: 563member
    April fools?...
  • Reply 4 of 31
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,780member
    Apple indirectly employs a lot of people in China. If the Chinese government is going to make it harder for Apple to sell products in China, some of those jobs are going to be lost.
  • Reply 5 of 31
    dbtincdbtinc Posts: 134member
    Installed nets around the building? I guess Marx was right about the worker's paradise.
  • Reply 6 of 31
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,734member
    Oh F off with this shit already.
  • Reply 7 of 31
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 5,807member
    So let me get this straight. Chinese workers kill themselves when they are overworked and they kill themselves when they are underworked. And it's all Apple's fault. Does that just about describe the gist of this article?

    AI trolls help me out here.
  • Reply 8 of 31
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,848member


    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

    AI trolls help me out here.


     


    Ha!

  • Reply 9 of 31
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,159member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post



    So let me get this straight. Chinese workers kill themselves when they are overworked and they kill themselves when they are underworked. And it's all Apple's fault. Does that just about describe the gist of this article?



    AI trolls help me out here.


     


     


    You forgot the part about how it turns out they all work at the Surface lines. But it's still Apples fault cause the iPad is so much better that the Surface isn't selling

  • Reply 10 of 31
    jameskatt2jameskatt2 Posts: 675member
    There are over 20,000 suicides each year in the United States. And no one talks about them.
  • Reply 11 of 31
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,848member


    Originally Posted by jameskatt2 View Post

    There are over 20,000 suicides each year in the United States. And no one talks about them.


     


    "Because Apple has zero jobs in the US. WHERE ARE THE JOBS, APPLE?! This never would have happened in China if Apple wasn't there, and this never would have happened in the US if Apple had jobs here."

  • Reply 12 of 31
    alexmitalexmit Posts: 111member
    Stop using stock photography of the line workers in those silly ass hats and maybe they will stop jumping.
  • Reply 13 of 31
    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post



    So let me get this straight. Chinese workers kill themselves when they are overworked and they kill themselves when they are underworked. And it's all Apple's fault. Does that just about describe the gist of this article?



    AI trolls help me out here.


     


     


    Shouldn't you be asking the author of the article that question?


     


    "AI trolls" didn't write it and include Apple.  AI did.

  • Reply 14 of 31
    "Because Apple has zero jobs in the US. WHERE ARE THE JOBS, APPLE?! This never would have happened in China if Apple wasn't there, and this never would have happened in the US if Apple had jobs here."
    Not true, Apple has NO manufacturing jobs in the United States, Apple provides thousands of jobs on the United States. But Apple doesn't manufacture it own products, it outsources that. Most of the thing that go into Apple products are made here.
  • Reply 15 of 31

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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    It was not reported how the woman survived the jump, but Foxconn was prompted to install safety nets at its mega-factories years ago after a number of workers took to the roof and committed high-profile suicides in an effort to draw attention to working conditions and wages.

     


     


    I thought those 10 suicides in 2009 and 2010 were because Foxconn had comparatively amazing death benefits and employees felt their families were better off financially if they died than if they lived and worked.  That seems a lot different than killing yourself to draw attention to working conditions and wages.

  • Reply 16 of 31


    But aren't some of those due to Apple's horrible warranty practices?


     


    Sent out around 8:20 p.m.

  • Reply 17 of 31
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    I thought those 10 suicides in 2009 and 2010 were because Foxconn had comparatively amazing death benefits and employees felt their families were better off financially if they died than if they lived and worked.  That seems a lot different than killing yourself to draw attention to working conditions and wages.

    That was what was reported at the time.
  • Reply 18 of 31
    sol77sol77 Posts: 203member


    Here we go again.  Last time there was a stink about this...what was it, fourteen people committed suicide in a year?  At the time I did some google searching and it took less then five minutes to figure out that 14 people out of one million employees is a better suicide rate than most of the world...including the United States.  In other words, what Apple Insider should be reporting is...


     


    Foxcon achieves one of the lowest suicide rates in the world for every year running but apologizes  to anti-corporate morons for no reason when random Chinese citizen kills himself.  Earth's Village Idiots surmise the cause of death was Foxconn, a company that boasts a mortality rate better than most of the planet.  Earth's Village Idiots were available for comment but couldn't be understood due to the vacuous, arbitrary, rambling, nature of their speech.  Idiot to English translators are being flown to the scene, and the verbatim translation comprised of randomly combined words, exclamations, and non-sequiturs will be available for public consumption within the hour.


     


    Yay. 

     

  • Reply 19 of 31
    popnfreshpopnfresh Posts: 139member
    People notice suicides among Foxconn's employees because of the company's high profile in the news. But the reality is that the suicide rate among Foxconn employees is a fraction of what it is for China's general population. Any suicide is tragic, but the news media rarely puts it in perspective.
  • Reply 20 of 31
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,447member
    kdarling wrote: »

    Shouldn't you be asking the author of the article that question?

    <span style="line-height:1.231;">"AI trolls" didn't write it and include Apple.  AI did.</span>

    So in other words, you're refusing to help him out? :D
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