The Financial Times has reported that Foxconn, a factory in Beijing, China, will be planning to give job wage raises for their employees, and there may be good reason for this. So far, in 2010, 10 employees have committed suicide and another worker just recently slit his wrists; fortunately, he was unsuccessful in his attempt.
The spate of labour deaths is attributed to low salaries and bad working conditions. Employees stand in one position for 12-hour shifts and get one hour for mealtime. Managers refuse to recruit additional labourers.
Workers are between the ages of 18 to 25 and trek many miles from rural communities to support their families, but state that they are actively looking for a better job.
In lieu of the pay hike, Terry Gou, a chairman at Foxconn, has asked the workers to put their name in writing that they will seek medical help, should they start to have suicidal thoughts. He has taken to playing soothing music in the hope that it will create a less stressful work environment.
Major Foxconn’s clients-Apple, Sony and other big hitters are starting to take second looks at the way their products are produced.
Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, is reported to have banked millions of dollars in revenue in 2009, but they are not available for comment.
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