Foxconn employees asked to sign suicide pledge

You probably know about the spate of suicides by disillusioned workers that have rocked Chinese component maker Foxconn over the last year or two. The company's latest move, BGR reports, is allegedly to request workers to sign a pledge that they won't hold the company responsible if they do commit suicide. Now why would anyone be unhappy to work for such a company...?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 18:47

A UK delegation of MPs called Foxconn's factory town a sweatshop. Jobs compared it to a holiday camp...
Jobs is always right. So there...

Reser  May. 6, 2011 at 19:50

That is ridiculous, the suicides were obviously to do with Foxconn, they should be held responsible. They should not be allowed to say 'well, they signed a form saying we are not responsible if this happens 'before' we treat them so bad they killed themelves'

Also what I am confused about is they are asking the people who may commit suicide to not hold Foxconn responsible, surely it is the familys who will hold Foxconn responsible more then the dead person.

in the pledge they even agree to not sue the compony 'after' comitting suicide. Do not think they really need that, unless it is infact the family signing it.

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 20:41

Yep, Reser - it's infuriating. A friend of mine visited a Foxconn factory years ago (before the iPhone) with a delegation from Oz... workers told them they often peed themselves because they cannot go to the toilet during a shift etc etc
But apparently the 'Fuehrer' treats management level staff just as badly - they have to stand in the corner during meetings if they say something he deems 'stupid' etc...
Of course, they build stuff for Sony Ericsson and many others, but I think Apple deserve the extra attention, because they drove FC to extreme profit margins. Foxconn, in some cases make Apple products at a loss just in order to keep the contract and bragging rights. It's all mad and maddening.

Sadly though, it's every sector of our industrialised world, isn't it? These gadgets just stand out as shining examples of darkness. Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving must. US cranberry pickers are among the most polluted workers in the world due to heavy spraying. Heck, in my lifetime women factory workers in the USA were forced to be sterilised if they wanted a job ;) :x

Evolved and civilised...

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