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Foxconn Workers Threaten to Jump Off Roof in Protest

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Foxconn workers are stirring up trouble in China and Brazil.

Foxconn just can't seem to get a break. The iPhone manufacturer is the subject of two protests relating to its workers and their dislike of current conditions. One protest resided in China and one in Brazil. One protest could have resulted in death while the other isn't quite so drastic... yet.

First up to bat we have Foxconn workers in the company's Wuhan City facility in China. Hong Kong-based activist group Information Center for Human Rights said on Friday that around 200 workers demanded higher wages. Even more, they climbed up to the roof and threatened a collective plunge of death if their demands weren't met. Yet once the police crashed the scene, the workers decided their jobs were just fine in their book.

A spokesman for Hon Hai Precision Industry, the listed unit of the Foxconn group, told Reuters that the protest concerned workplace adjustments and involved workers new to the plant. He even said there really wasn't any kind of strike at all. "The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government," the spokesman said.

But the Information Center for Human Rights told Reuters that the workers threatened roof-based suicide because they were earning less in Wuhan than they had in their previous jobs. They only returned to work after police intervened.

Meanwhile over in Brazil, workers at its Jundiai plant are complaining about overcrowded buses, nasty food and a lack of water. Around 2,500 workers are involved, and reportedly met with executives last Monday to raise concerns and to give Foxconn 10 days to resolve the issues.

Brazil's Tech Guru reports that Foxconn's troubles started when it hired on over one thousand additional employees, but didn't increase the transport infrastructure to accommodate the new hires. The company has also supposedly hired water trucks to bring in water for its employees. Does that mean there's no running water in the Jundiai plant?

A representative for the employees was "optimistic that an amicable solution could be reached with Foxconn without resorting to a strike," AppleInsider reports.

Back in January, Brazilian official reportedly claimed that Foxconn planned to build five additional factories within the country, staffing them with approximately workers each that would help produce Apple devices. iPhone 4 units stemming from Brazil hit the market last February, and Apple reportedly just received approval to begin selling iPad 2 units which are also manufactured in Brazil.

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    leandrodafontoura , April 28, 2012 1:25 PM
    This may come to a surprise, but in Brasil, running water is not drinkable, as it is in USA. There is water of course, wich is 100% clean, and works great for showeing etc...but its not recomended for drinking because of certain quemicals it has in order to make it clean. Bottled water is the only choice of drinking water in Brasil, tap water is not recomended. Its ok though once in while, if necessary.
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    DRosencraft , April 28, 2012 2:18 PM
    It's sad and distressing that anyone has to go this far just to get some decent wages and working conditions. People may deride unions today here in the states, but if we never had unions we'd probably be a lot like China right now in terms of worker's rights and salaries.
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    shawn808 , April 28, 2012 2:12 PM
    Keep buying up those Apple products America.

    Record profits for Apple and American company that outsourced all its products to the cheapest bidder.

    How bout a few percent less on the profits and actually employ some AMERICANS
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    leandrodafontoura , April 28, 2012 1:25 PM
    This may come to a surprise, but in Brasil, running water is not drinkable, as it is in USA. There is water of course, wich is 100% clean, and works great for showeing etc...but its not recomended for drinking because of certain quemicals it has in order to make it clean. Bottled water is the only choice of drinking water in Brasil, tap water is not recomended. Its ok though once in while, if necessary.
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    jamie_1318 , April 28, 2012 1:58 PM
    "Back in January, Brazilian official reportedly claimed that Foxconn planned to build five additional factories within the country, staffing them with approximately workers each that would help produce Apple devices."

    It looks like you are missing a number between approximately and workers.
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    shawn808 , April 28, 2012 2:12 PM
    Keep buying up those Apple products America.

    Record profits for Apple and American company that outsourced all its products to the cheapest bidder.

    How bout a few percent less on the profits and actually employ some AMERICANS
  • 22 Hide
    DRosencraft , April 28, 2012 2:18 PM
    It's sad and distressing that anyone has to go this far just to get some decent wages and working conditions. People may deride unions today here in the states, but if we never had unions we'd probably be a lot like China right now in terms of worker's rights and salaries.
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    Murissokah , April 28, 2012 2:39 PM
    Foxconn will find brazilian labor law to be much more protective of factory workers than the chinese law. If they try anything similar to what they do in China, they're in for an endless river of money in fines.
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    rantoc , April 28, 2012 2:51 PM
    DRosencraftIt's sad and distressing that anyone has to go this far just to get some decent wages and working conditions. People may deride unions today here in the states, but if we never had unions we'd probably be a lot like China right now in terms of worker's rights and salaries.


    And why do you think the 1% want the unions gone that are representing the 99%? Just shocking to see how many of the 99% think the 1% is right... at least to the day their chained in iron and put in a mine!
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    monsta , April 28, 2012 3:04 PM
    Wake up!
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    Shin-san , April 28, 2012 3:08 PM
    shawn808Keep buying up those Apple products America.Record profits for Apple and American company that outsourced all its products to the cheapest bidder.How bout a few percent less on the profits and actually employ some AMERICANS
    Apple isn't (just?) using China for the cheapest bidder. The Chinese government meddles with the factories and will fund the building of them just for Apple.
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    waethorn , April 28, 2012 3:10 PM
    Is it any coincidence that China and Brazil are both a) committing unethical labour practices, and b) the #1 and #3 countries in the world (Russia is #2) for counterfeiting and piracy?

    What do they teach these people in school? That it's ok to lie, cheat, steal, and screw the little guy to get ahead in business? Fuck Communism - these nations have the Republican agenda down pat!
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    bystander , April 28, 2012 3:23 PM
    rantocAnd why do you think the 1% want the unions gone that are representing the 99%? Just shocking to see how many of the 99% think the 1% is right... at least to the day their chained in iron and put in a mine!

    I don't know the answer. While Unions help the 99% get high wages, it does not help that due to the high wages, the jobs are shipped to China instead of employing the 99%.
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    pedro_mann , April 28, 2012 3:23 PM
    "The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government,"

    Translation: They got fired, sued for the embarrassment and thrown in prison.
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    ta152h , April 28, 2012 4:17 PM
    No one forces these people to take these jobs. They think that the company should not only hire them, but then they make the rules for how the company treats them? No wonder these countries are so poor.

    That's what work is. You will probably get treated like crap at most places, and if you don't like it, you leave and hopefully find a better place. The places that treat people like crap over time end up with bad workers, because they can not keep good ones. Better companies attract better employees.

    Of course, people can always create their own business, or their own way of sustaining themselves.

    To the liberal twits, just remember, the person paying the money makes most of the rules. It's how it is, and how it's always been. There are limits, of course, but work sucks, and that's why you get the paycheck. Crying because you're making less than a previous job, and threatening to jump and die, is just pathetic. It happens in the U.S. all the time, and no one pulls this crap. It sucks, but it's life. Get used to it.
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    vittau , April 28, 2012 4:18 PM
    waethornWhat do they teach these people in school? That it's ok to lie, cheat, steal, and screw the little guy to get ahead in business?

    It's easy to say that when you're sitting on your throne of gold, living your "American dream". Think about it...

    Some people are forced to accept unethical labor, just as some people are forced to use counterfeit/pirate products because they simply don't have money and everything is overpriced (astronomic import taxes being one of the reasons).
    Then of course, there are always opportunists to take advantage of these situations. But I guarantee you, opportunists are everywhere in the world, not just China, Brazil or Russia...
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    InvalidError , April 28, 2012 4:20 PM
    Foxconn increased wages by up to 70% a few years ago in a bid to reduce employee suicide rates, wonder how much of a raise they'd need to make employees happy enough to counter job-induced suicidal tendencies. In any case, cheap labor is getting more expensive in substantial increments.
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    leon2006 , April 28, 2012 4:37 PM
    This company have weak management team to address personnel issues. Its a reflection of the management team inability to drive/implement solutions and control the situations.

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    v90k , April 28, 2012 5:08 PM
    TA152HNo one forces these people to take these jobs. They think that the company should not only hire them, but then they make the rules for how the company treats them? No wonder these countries are so poor. That's what work is. You will probably get treated like crap at most places, and if you don't like it, you leave and hopefully find a better place...


    Really? So you believe that people should be treated like crap just because they agreed to work for a wage in return? And you also believe that life in China is exactly like yours to even think that they have as many luxurious choices as you do? Please get out of your bubble and your entitlement beliefs.
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    southernshark , April 28, 2012 6:01 PM
    ""The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government"


    The last part really is the clincher.

    There is nothing FREE about free trade with nations that employ slave labor.
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2012 6:12 PM
    this douche named TA152H says typical american jobs are as hard as slave labor?

    Lets pull the rock from his cavedoor, he is one ignorant SOB.
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