Scholars begin crusade against Foxconn's tyranny

09:46, October 12, 2010      

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More than 100 students and teachers from 20 universities in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan gathered in Beijing on Saturday to discuss measures to be taken after a report released days ago revealed what can without exaggeration be called grotesque treatment of employees by Foxconn.

Guo Yuhua, professor from Tsinghua University, said that Foxconn's management system abolished the employees' social life and the "care center" it set up after a series of suicides cases have turned into a "supervision center".

Zhang Houfei, who worked for Foxconn for 16 years, said that he quit in July of this year because the company often delayed his overtime wage and some other social welfare; and did not provide regular health checks for those working under hazardous environment.

Also, according to Zhang, the management in the company is very strict, rude and rough.

The participators also wrote letters to the All China Federation of Trade Unions, Foxconn's president, and Apple to call for measures to crack down on tyranny within the firm.

In the letter to the association, they pointed that at Foxconn's Shenzhen plant, which the company said that its labor union covers 100 percent of the plant, as high as 32.6 percent of the employees said they do not know about it (union); and 84.8 percent of the interviewed said they are not members in it. In addition, many claim that these unions reserve participation exclusively to office workers.

In another letter to the company's president Terry Gou, experts stressed how the company is expanding rapidly, and that Gou had previously said that the suicide cases that occurred months ago have no relation whatsoever with its management. "Linking the two things, we worry that such a giant in the field of electronics lacking self-evaluation is of immediate danger to its employees."

As to the letter directed to Apple, the students and teachers in Taiwan and Hong Kong urged the company to supervise and regulate Foxconn's management, since it (Foxconn) is heavily dependant on the American multinational corporation's orders, which boost profits by large margins in the company.

The participants in the discussion held in Beijing also urged companies like Nokia, HP, Dell and Sony to reform their purchase model and do surveys on its suppliers so as to urge them to ensure the legal rights of workers.

A report released on October 8 revealed great misbehavior of the company's part like the abuse of interns; unreal salary hikes; corporal punishment, among many others.

Source: Global Times


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