Foxconn suicides continue, "silent mode" reinstated at factory

Foxconn suicides continue,
After installing safety nets on buildings, raising wages and putting a facade of improvement, the suicide streak at Foxconn continues with two suicide attempts that have allegedly happened in the last couple of days. Two factory workers - a man and a woman - have tried putting an end to their lives by jumping off buildings. The man has died and it’s not clear whether the woman is alive.

A 24-year-old male worker jumped off a building to his death on April 24th only two days after getting a job in the factory. Only three days later a 23-year-old female jumped off her sixth-floor apartment and was carried away by medical staff, but employees overheard medics saying it might be too late to save her.

Everything is once again in “silent mode” at the Zhengzhou Foxconn factory in China where employees have been forbidden from speaking about anything but work on the factory floor. Even when speaking voices should be low so no one else can hear. Meetings between more than two people are policed and have to happen in specially designated places. Breaking those rules leads to cuts in the salary or downright firing of employees.

Foxconn workers’ complaints are about the long monotonous work hours spent in silence. 14 people committed suicide in Foxconn factories in 2010 and after a massive outcry the company was forced to change the conditions of its workers.

source: MIC Gadget

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75 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Geez.......Foxconn is the worst company ever! x(

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

you are always the first one to post a comment on every article, what app do you use ? do you get a notification whenever a new article comes up?

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huh? I'm trying my best to not be the first one to post a comment, and I'm not always the first one to post a comment right now, just go check last week's article and this week's article, you can see I'm not the first any more!

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i think what nikolas meant was, you tend to post on every article that comes out.

22. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh I see.....

43. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Apple sucks each iPhone is stained with the blood of innocent foxcon worker!

47. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

If we have a compilation of the worst posts per week, this probably would have been included in the top 5. If you have a cell phone, game console, or a PC, you have something made from Foxconn. How does it feel knowing that you supported Foxconn? What are you going to do about it?

30. poopApple

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

@ xperiaDROID : A true phonearena lover ....he starts interesting debates in the comment section

36. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

@ poopApple : A true funny user name ...he starts pooping "Apples" in the comment section

67. poopApple

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

and xperiaDROID eats all of them ! lol

41. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I refresh phonearena's page every 2 hours maybe (Im often connected by one of my devices - phone, tablet or laptop with the browser running all the time) just to see any new stuff, or read new comments. Maybe i deserve a medal for this. Joking aside, that's how some tech geeks are. Unlike XperiaDroid im lazy to comment on every single post though.

42. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

hahaha pa is one of the most up-to-date phone news websites..others such as pocketnow phonedog engadget theverge etc don't update as often as pa do

49. SleepingOz unregistered

Yet they're always late by 1-3days when it comes to real news..

44. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I highly doubt he's using any apps. He just really needs to stop sitting infront of his computer 24/7.

23. askbingask

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

and today is labour day

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, today is labour day and no one in Foxconn is gonna suicide, yet. Please, please, no more suicide! Those workers are innocent!

51. osmaankhaan unregistered

as i see it the only way to stop suicides is to stop buying products foxconn produces until they rectify their mistakes...

74. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Actually, that would work. No more Apple sales = Slow down, then hault, in production = factory shutdown = no more workers = no more suicides. It's a win/win! Genius!

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Modern day sweatshop. Or, maybe the veal box is a closer analogy?

62. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I am an iPhone user and Chinese myself... I don't care

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Slavery... no other word to put it. One guard is placed in every station,

40. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

gees, the 24 years old male jumped only 2 days after getting a job there. I wonder what foxconn has done to him in only 2 days.

64. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Right, that almost makes you think there's something else involved, come on 2 days? Even if you've worked an insane amount of hours for 2 days........ you kill yourself?

45. stealthd unregistered

Well there are plenty of other words to put it. The reality is anyone in Foxconn can quit and go do something else, and they'll probably starve because there's nothing better out there. The issue isn't Foxconn, it's China and their massive amount of poverty.

56. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There a lot of rich Chinese in china, these people are mostly from the rural area of china. Its exploitation, if the person can leave so easier as and when they want no one will have to die. The problem is once you sign up you can't leave the place, the employer reason is that they need to protect their clients trade secret.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Interesting if it is related with subdivision which manufacture parts for Apple.

20. No_Nonsense unregistered

And how on earth will it actually matter? A life lost due to BS n Foxconn is a life lost, it doesn't matter if it's from the Apple/Nokia/Acer or any other event. The conditions need to be improved.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Your interpretation is stupid! Have I said that it is worse if people commit suicide from Apple's subdivision than from any other subdivision??? No!!! I just have said that it is interesting if it is related with subdivision which manufactures parts for Apple. And overall it is interesting which companies subdivision has biggest count of suicides. I think that customers should know which companies products are the most soiled with blood!

4. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Worst just ahead of Apple.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why do people continue to associate Apple with Foxconn? They are two different companies. Samsung also does business with them as well and they too were in trouble.

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