Apple and Foxconn’s jumper problem might not be a thing of the past after all, as reports over the weekend broke that two workers have jumped from the roof of Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory on Friday in reaction to job cuts, lowered wages and the end of free amenities at the world’s largest gadget manufacturer.
What’s happening is a little bit confusing, and mostly comes from numerous microblog reports, but Kotaku says:
On the Friday morning the 29, photos and posts appeared on China’s twitter like microblogging service, Sina Weibo, which two Foxconn employees had jumped off a building due to concerns over job security. Most reports say that three workers climbed up to the roof of the G14 building at Foxconn Shenzhen. One cited source said that the workers climbed up because they were worried about their jobs. Foxconn has seen a decline in orders since the first few months of this year. Due to the decline the company has started using various methods to get rid of workers…
Recent reports about Foxconn say that the company has started to lower employee wages. It is also reported that Foxconn has taken away and started charging employees for once free services.
There may be nothing to this report: a Foxconn spokesman has claimed that no such incident has occurred.
It’s also worth nothing that while local reports claim that workers are being fired and amenities cut at Foxconn, that is hard to reconcile with Foxconn’s record profits last quarter. On the other hand, recent reports have suggested that February was a very weak month for all of Apple’s suppliers.
Foxconn suicide jumpers is an old problem for the manufacturing giant, but one that everyone had believed had been licked. What’s so strange about this report is that old jumps were allegedly prompted by inhumane work conditions. Now, though, Apple has 99% compliance in enforcing a 60 hour work week across all of its manufacturing partners. It seems like Foxconn’s workers are now jumping because there’s not enough work.
- Source Kotaku