Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Return to Serfdom

How do you know your job sucks? When they attach semi-permanent suicide nets to your employee housing:
Foxconn Technology Group — the Taiwanese company that manufactures hardware for Apple, Dell, HP, Nokia and Sony and has been hit by a dozen suicides at its plants this year — is holding rallies at all of its factories to raise morale. The theme? “Treasure Your Life, Love Your Family, Care for Each Other to Build a Wonderful Future.” The impact so far? Check out the picture above.
In case the rallies, slogans and pay increases don’t raise morale enough to stem the tide of suicides, Foxconn left suicide nets in place at its facilities that are designed to catch workers before they hit the ground, although it removed them from one facility.
"No matter how hard we try, such things will continue to happen,” is how Louis Woo, assistant to the founder of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry explained the situation at its factories, in a statement.
After the rallies, Foxconn left them up at all of its factories except for its Taiyuan Campus location, said Woo in his phone statement, because more employees there have the support of their friends and family. The nets remain in place at the other facilities.
(courtesy Wired)
Strange that an employee workforce of 470,000 people [Literally! -Ed.] living in dormitories on the same campus would not make some friends to build support networks.

Or maybe when they try the prison guards dump barrels of hot oil on them and stretch them on one of the racks in the mess hall?

If there was ever a more direct modern parallel to medieval serfdom, I don't know I don't what that would be...

Long live King Woo, Lord of Foxconn Castle, loyal subject of King American Corporations!


1 comment:

unstadt said...

This post made me think of part of a documentary I watched last night that, if you haven't seen it, you'd probably find interesting. Casino Jack and the United States of Money (available on Netflix Instant: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Casino-Jack-and-the-United-States-of-Money/70129350), which tells the story of Jack Abramoff and the many many politicians and shady deals he was involved with. The filmmaker has some annoying Michael Moore-ish tics and occasionally clumsy execution, but generally the story is interesting enough to carry things. There's a story in there about some sweatshop owners on Saipan that hired Abramoff to wine and dine a bunch of congressmen and convince them to look the other way while they (the owners) went on exploiting their indentured employees.