Foxconn, the largest tech manufacturer in the world, is under fire yet again for alleged worker abuse… this time as part of a survey commissioned by the iPod maker itself.
As reported to China’s state-run Global Times, several universities working on Foxconn’s behalf in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have surveyed 1,736 workers. The results when compiled into the final report are shocking, to say the least.
For one thing, Foxconn’s promise from earlier this year to give employees a 30% pay raise as part of their strategy to stamp down on the suicides that have plagued their factories? Never happened: the maximum raise seen by anyone was 9.1%… but only after losing many of their other bonuses.
It gets worse. 38.1 percent of those surveyed said their privacy was regularly invaded by management, with 16.4% claiming that they had been subjected to violence at the hands of management. Finally, up to 50% of Foxconn’s staff in Kunshan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiyuan and Wuhan plants are made up of interns who are required to work illegal overtime and night shifts… possibly without being paid.
Unbelievable. The report hasn’t officially been released yet, but if it was undertaken upon commission by Foxcoon and the Global Times’ figures here are accurate, don’t expect it to be.
The sole bright side to this matter might be the questionable validity of the Global Times’ story to begin with: some are saying that the piece is a smear job on Foxconn by the Chinese government, which apparently has some beef with the manufacturing giant. Let’s hope that’s true, because Foxconn is starting to look downright Mephistophelean.
[via Business Insider