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Hong Kong: Protests at Foxconn (part of Hon Hai) headquarters after eleventh suicide this year

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25 May 2010

Hon Hai chairman rushes to Foxconn plant [China]

Author: Kathrin Hille, Robin Kwong, Financial Times [UK]

Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Hon Hai, the Taiwanese parent company of Foxconn, rushed to Shenzhen on Tuesday, in an attempt to contain the growing fallout for the group from a continuing string of suicides among workers…The move came after another employee at the plant died after falling off a building on Tuesday morning...Nine people have died in the series of incidents among workers...“...we are definitely not a sweatshop,” [Mr. Gou]...said…“A manufacturing team of 800,000 people is not easy to manage,” he added...[also refers to Apple]

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25 May 2010

Protest at Chinese iPad maker Foxconn after 11th suicide this year [China]

Author: Malcolm Moore, Telegraph [UK]

…A spate of recent suicides at Foxconn has highlighted the concerns over working conditions inside the giant Longhua factory, where 300,000 workers assemble goods for clients including Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Dell and Nokia…Yesterday, Apple declined to comment on the situation…In the lobby of Foxconn's headquarters in Hong Kong, a group of around two dozen protestors laid mannequins to rest and conducted funeral rites... "It is not just Foxconn, it is the whole factory system...there are other suicides in other factories and the owners hush it up and pay the families quietly and no one will ever know about it," said Geoffrey Crothall, at China Labour Bulletin...

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24 May 2010

[video] Foxconn admits it didn't protect suicide employees [China]

Author: ITN News [UK]

For employees of Foxconn in China, the announcement comes as welcome news, but it’s little consolation to the families of the eight employees who died this year. The tech firm has confessed it paid insufficient attention to workers’ welfare. It comes as the tenth employee this year jumped from a building at the Longhua Industrial Complex of Shenzhen…Foxconn spokesman Liu Shen has responded to angry employees, “Has the enterprise sufficient mechanisms and opportunities for them to communicate and interact with each other; I feel that Foxconn has not done enough in the past...”

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