Foxconn denies sweatshop allegations

17:04, May 17, 2010      

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Foxconn Group's Long Hua technological park witnessed yet another staff death again on May 14. This is the ninth suicide to happen at Foxconn since the start of the year.

Foxconn spokesman Liu Kun responded yesterday that the company is actively dealing with related after-care work and taking measures to comfort its staff.

It is generally believed that these frequent suicide events result from the overwhelming pressure of its staff due to the administrative loophole of Foxconn. Liu Kun said the company is also undergoing actively self-scrutiny to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.

But he said suicide cases in Foxconn involving love affairs, illness, family affairs and many other profound factors should be handed over to psychological experts to analyze such complex social phenomenon.

Liu Kun added that Foxconn has built a psychological intervention mechanism for its staff to solve mental problems. The hotline 78585 (which is pronounced as "please help me" in Chinese) has received over 20 calls every day for feedback.

Moreover, a mind harbor studio has been build to cease mental stress for staff. In this studio, workers can receive psychological counseling and relax themselves mentally and physically by using professional instruments.

To prevent similar cases from reoccurring, Foxconn began a reward system that would grant a 200 yuan bonus to any staff member who reported warning signs in their colleagues. Foxconn said more than 30 interventions have been carried out successfully since the implementation of the reward system.

Liu Kun made no comment on the widespread Internet rumors that Foxconn is a sweatshop.

"I believe workers holding dreams to Foxconn have the most right to answer this question," he said.

By People's Daily Online


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