iSuicides prevented at Foxconn by life-treasuring pledge-signing
What’s the best way to deal with multiple suicides at Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing company that make Apple gadgets (among other things)? More nets under the windows? Prozac in the water supply? Chain the employees to their workstations?
Nope. Get them to sign a pledge, vowing that they’ll ‘treasure their lives’ and promise not to top themselves. That should do it.
It’s one of the worrying findings in a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) who have investigated the goings-on at Foxconn factories.
Other findings that have been highlighted include…
Excessive overtime is routine, despite a legal limit of 36 hours a month. One payslip, seen by the Observer, indicated that the worker had performed 98 hours of overtime in a month.
Workers attempting to meet the huge demand for the first iPad were sometimes pressured to take only one day off in 13.
In some factories badly performing workers are required to be publicly humiliated in front of colleagues.
Crowded workers' dormitories can sleep up to 24 and are subject to strict rules. One worker told the NGO investigators that he was forced to sign a "confession letter" after illicitly using a hairdryer. In the letter he wrote: "It is my fault. I will never blow my hair inside my room. I have done something wrong. I will never do it again."
Go on – off you trot to enjoy your various iGadgets. You sick bunch of oddballs.