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Contract Worker for Foxconn Affiliate Falls to His Death

Contract Worker for Foxconn Affiliate Falls to His Death

Things have been relatively quiet recently concerning worker suicides over at Foxconn, but it appears our optimism might have been a premature. Reports have been surfacing that yet another worker has fallen off a building to his death, and like the ones before him, this one is believed to be a suicide.

This latest incident occurred at a factory owned by Chimei Innolux Corp., a Hon Hai (Foxconn) affiliate specializing in the production of flat-panel displays. The man who jumped/fell wasn't directly employed by Chimei, but contracted through an outsourcing company.

Be that as it may, this puts the spotlight back on Foxconn, which has been the subject of much media attention in recent months following a spate of suicides in 2010. So much so, in fact, that Apple, Dell, and others who receive goods from Foxconn eventually issued statements promising to look into what's going on over at Foxconn.


"We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn," Apple said back in May. "We're in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously. A team from Apple is independently evaluating the steps they are taking to address these tragic events and we will continue our ongoing inspections of the facilities where our products are made."

Chimei is Taiwan's largest producer of LCDs. The worker who died was born in 1992.
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18 year old contractor? Very sad.

If he was a contractor at that age he must have been doing somewhat well for himself though.

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>> If he was a contractor at that age he must have been doing somewhat well for himself though.

He was a summer intern, according to Wired. So he was probably not making anything.

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Chainzsaw:
If he was a contractor at that age he must have been doing somewhat well for himself though.

The term 'contract worker' can be somewhat misleading in that it sounds like an important job title.  

Definitions of contract workers on the Web:

  • Contract workers are hired to perform specific functions in a contractual relationship and usually for a defined period of time. As they are not employees of the company, contract workers are not eligible for training paid by WTF grants. ...

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You can be contracted to work for a single day(i've actually done that lol)

Or you can be contracted for 2 years or so.

Even in the states a lot of companies do "Contract to Hire" a lot. Basically you come on for say 6 monthes and then you become an employee of that company.

But you can be contracted for cheap to do crap jobs.

There's a lot of temp agencies that do such work

A company I used to work for would use temps all the time when people call in sick.

They would do stuff like packing equipment to be shipped, or basic warehouse duties. I'm pretty sure they would get paid poorly too.

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acarzt:

You can be contracted to work for a single day(i've actually done that lol)

Or you can be contracted for 2 years or so.

Even in the states a lot of companies do "Contract to Hire" a lot. Basically you come on for say 6 monthes and then you become an employee of that company.

But you can be contracted for cheap to do crap jobs.

There's a lot of temp agencies that do such work

A company I used to work for would use temps all the time when people call in sick.

They would do stuff like packing equipment to be shipped, or basic warehouse duties. I'm pretty sure they would get paid poorly too.

I never saw it that way. In that case I feel pity for the guy, he must of been given a crap contracting job and that might of led to his suicide. If this is any indication then the bosses at Foxconn should really change their attitudes.

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Well, there were probably a lot of factors.

The stress of long hours of work, low pay, and the work itself could be crappy.

Plus their management skills are a bit lacking.

Motivation to them is scream at you to get the job down.

Suffer through this long enough and you're bound to break.

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Here we go again...

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Are you sure they aren't just pushing people out the window?... These news will never stop now :(.

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These people really need better working conditions.... these suicides are not going to stop.

They are barely doing anything to help the situation.

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So now the contract workers need better working conditions. I thought the assembly line workers are getting paid more now? Man this saga just gets more confusing and sad as it goes along.

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Essentially every worker in that country get's treated horrible man. There are probably other companies that have similar problems.

I'm hoping that something good comes from all of this. Maybe their gov't will step it up and make things happen for the workers in that country.

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With China's record on human rights I wouldn't count on any thing changing any time soon.

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