Foxconn accused of firing employees because they are suicidal

Foxconn accused of firing employees because they are suicidal
Foxconn cannot escape the controversy around its working conditions and the troubling reports of employee suicide. The company has even gone so far as to install giant nets to catch employees that attempt suicide by jumping off of the facility buildings. Now, a new report is accusing the company of firing employees who are perceived to be suicidal.

The story comes from a 27-year old ex employee named Zhang who says that he was simply taking sleeping pills because he had insomnia, but a coworker reported him as possibly being suicidal. Zhang was brought to the hospital on April 2nd, and the next day, Foxconn fired him for supposedly "disrupting order". 

Foxconn has not responded to the allegations. 

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16 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So, this is where the "MADE IN CHINA" sign comes from...... And they have poor working conditions, suicides, and riots in Mexico.........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn

3. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Foxconn better hurry up, and put a patent on that giant "Suicidal Net", Before Apple does... Because i heard work is gonna be picking up.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple has done nothing wrong with their workers, they treat their workers very well, not like Foxconn. :)

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said xperia

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I never said Apple done anything wrong, even though Foxconn assembles the iphone, Apple IS known to patent things like the "air" you breathe and rounded corners and stuff... :( ... Whatever, i'd patent the net if i was Foxconn!

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I never said you said Apple done anything wrong, I was just thinking that " "Suicidal Net", Before Apple does..." means that Apple workers will suicide because Apple treat them very bad. :)

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Foxconn,stop treating your workers like slaves. No wonder many of them are suicidal

6. thelegend6657 unregistered

Terry Gou is the MAN , I want to be successful like him

7. Aeires unregistered

Only way this will stop is to boycott products made there so likely it's going to continue. Sad thing is that Foxconn would have been shut down if they created clothing, but because it's an electronics plant, it continues. I remember many stories of t-shirt sweat shops that were ran out of business for doing little compared to the daily practices of Foxconn. We the consumers are ultimately the responsible ones for continuing to support this place with our wallets.

10. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this is bullcrap. foxconn become unionized now!!!

11. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

FoxConn have had nets installed by the windows for a year now, to stop the workers from jumping and killing themselves, so sad. And here on PA we argue about "who has the better camera" or "who's phone looks sexier" (including me). There is a darkside of technology, and this must be stopped.

12. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

So, if i hate my job at foxxconn, all i need to do is to go and tell the manager "i want to kill myself" and i'll be freed.

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

"freed" ... Lol. So true.

14. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

The fact that they committed suicide isn't the companies fault. If conditions were that bad, the employee could have left the company at any point in time. But that the employee committed suicide shows there is something wrong with the person. I could commit suicide right now at my job, or I could leave it, or I could stay here and make the best of it

15. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Does this mean your happy as a "Guard at Foxconn"?

16. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Dear Foxconn; If you have to install nets to keep your employees from jumping off of the roof, you might want to rethink your business plan. Just saying. Love, Me

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