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Foxconn study shows 50% of workers have faced abuse

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri October 8, 2010

Foxconn study leak shows major internal violence

A study leaked today by the Chinese government through the state-backed Global Times suggests a large amount of violence and other rough treatment at Foxconn plants. About 50 percent of the 1,736 workers secretly studied allegedly said they had faced some kind of abuse at factories. About 16.4 percent of that was directly from supervisors or other managers.

The same study also claimed that the initial 30 percent raise for workers wasn't directly translating to workers. Some claimed to have only been getting 9.1 percent increases, the report said. Many also said that bonuses were few.

Interns were supposedly exploited as well, working twice as much overtime as is legal and being exempted from medical coverage due to the lack of a contract. Full-time staff have also said health checks aren't as frequent.

Foxconn hadn't responded to the claims, but it has already said it's implementing a second raise and reducing overtime while boosting the amount of entertainment. The effect wouldn't have been reflected in the new study.

The accuracy of the study has been partially into question as a claim from New York's Observer suggested that the Chinese government may be using the study as a vehicle for disputes with Foxconn's practices.

The company's behavior has drawn attention to the manufacturing for Apple, Dell, HP and many other electronics firms. Some have conducted internal audits but have sometimes faced attempts to conceal bad conditions while inspectors are in place.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Flying Meat

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    Captive cheap labor force

    Not a shock.

  1. macnixer

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    Not surprising about the sweats-shops.

    It is the same in most of the out-sourcing countries.

  1. redcapzero

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    the latest

    "episode" ala Industrial Revolution.


  1. testudo

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    Sure, just like the liberal, anti-Apple media to go and sensationalize such things.

    Notice how no one mentions the 50% of the work force that wasn't abused. Sure, just ignore that. And they just ignore the obvious, which is that they could be abusing 100% of the workforce. But do they say "ONLY 50% of the workers...."? No, no, no. They omit that, as if to make it sound like it's a large number.

  1. slboett

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    Joined: May 1999


    It's not...

    Up to us to change that, nor Apple.
    When this country fought to free itself from the Queen, we did it with much sacrifice.
    We have no place getting involved with what goes on in China.
    Yes, people will be treated badly.
    Yes, some will die.
    That friends is the price of freedom. Maybe you'll get that if you or a family member sacrificed to serve.

  1. redcapzero

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    @ slboett

    BRAVO, well said!

    @ testudo, you're rant, although respected, is getting oh so old, now hush please.

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