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Foxconn Boss Likens Workers to Animals

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. btarunr

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    A pinch of Foxconn is in most pieces of computer hardware and tech-gadgets sold today, but it's known more to be one of Apple's main contract-manufacturers of products such as the iPhone. Even as Apple has to fight flames on behalf of its suppliers about the bad PR the state of welfare of their workers are given, Hon Hai Precision industry's (Foxconn's) chairman kicked off a storm with one of his latest comments, where he likened his workers to animals. "Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache," said Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou.

    You might excuse Mr. Gou when that statement is read without context, since we're all technically animals, so let's add the context in which he made that remark, which is what kicked off the storm. Mr. Gou was attending an year-end party (Chinese lunar year-end), which was also attended by Chin Shih-chien, director of Taipei Zoo. He followed up that comment saying that he should learn from Shih-chien about "how animals should be managed." WantChinaTimes comments that Terry Gou's words were not carefully chosen.

    "As Chin lectured on the stage, sharing his experience with the audience on how to manage different animals according to their individual temperaments, Gou listened carefully and asked Chin to put himself in his place as the chairman of Hon Hai, to the amusement of the 12 general managers of the group present," the report added. Foxconn has been a problem-supplier for the likes of Apple, not because of the quality of its supply, but bad PR that constant reports of Foxconn subjecting its workers to bad conditions, brings.

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    If companies actually did this I'd be glad, if you include personality in "temperaments".
     
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    if he said like that, it means he is one of them, so thats why Foxconn is in trouble, coz the man who manage is not human :mad:
    and im sure many his workers would be glad to broke his neck at this time
     
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    Put me in front of a good plate of BBQ ribs and being called an animal would be an insult to animals world wide.

    Honestly this seems to be a "taken out of context" issue.
     
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    I've heard first hand accounts of how line-workers are treated in high tech plants for PC hardware assembly in China. They are pretty much treated like cattle.
     
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    Maybe they should hire apes and dogs and we'll see then what kind of iPhone and iPad, Apple will sell...
     
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    poked and proded with an electric cattle prod?
     
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    This is why i never buy mac. On the other hand i bought a foxconn mobo before the news of how badly they treated workers and it just a bad mobo over all.
     
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    Any other guy saying this would probably be taken as just a bad analogy and not funny.

    But from a guy who runs a company that mistreats employees and even had some commit suicide, it really is pretty stupid and revealing.
     
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    Don't buy any Dells, either. Most of their motherboards are made by Foxconn, too.
     
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    when it's China, and it's a company with a history of poorly treating their workers... i think it's at least understandably taken out of context. I doubt he really meant to insult - but to not think of the probable impact of the statement was bad in itself.
     
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    I doubt it will make any difference. If you read what he said it was 100% truth. I get what you are saying but just people with thin skin will care.
     
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    Good luck trying to not buy their products. They have their hands in everything.

     
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    Well this is what happens when you have CHINA a communist country run the worlds manufacturing ! Great job America not only have we outsourced every tech job there is but we gave them to China of all places ! Time to insource .
     
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    Yup, it's very hard not to buy a Foxconn product. Luckily brands known for quality get their products spec accordingly (at least, for certain lines).

    Ex: Dell/Foxconn. A few years back I killed a few Optiplexes by just running them at full load. Didn't even get 24hrs before they died. Kept killing them and getting them replaced until they'll sent me some that could stand a little beating. Have never been able to kill a PowerEdge though (much better quality).
     
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    Good! So I can buy Gigabyte, Biostar and ECS then. My Sony TV is made in USA, so its made by humans! :rockout::laugh:

    Jokes apart, sometimes truth comes out accidentally.
     
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    Most classic sweatshops would whip their workers. The developing world treats their lower classes horribly. Their ruling classes abuse the people below them. On top of that they have very little rights to speak of.(there may be a few exceptions with some smaller developing countries)

    What the Foxconn upper echelons say is nothing compared to what they allow to occur in their factories. Slave labor is common in China. Earning a wage that only pays enough to barely buy enough food and shelter to survive is how slave labor works in any poorly planned capitalism. I am hoping China will eventually learn that quality of life is more important than numbers on a balance sheet.
     
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    good luck with that dude. as long as the goal is profit, money will always be chosen over the welfare of people.
     
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    Doesn't Foxxconn manufacture all of Intel's sockets? If so, good luck avoiding Foxxconn in anything you buy.
     
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    hate to say it but for once I think I actually agree with you on something.
     
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    I think that this is a "media quickly jump on the bandwagon attacking a company with already severely damaged PR when something is said that sounds odd" case. He didn't speak in English, but in Mandarin, which could be translated differently depending upon the translator. Also, taken out of context (as it was), and the entire story seems a little far-fetched. Even if he thinks of them as animals, he's not going to say it at a public, press-attended event?!?
     
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    It's disappointing to see this in TPU "News" and as titled, it could mislead people who see it on the front page if it truly is an out-of-context case.
     
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    Out of context? The context is covered in the article. It was quite clearly meant it as he said it. He really doesn't think much of his workers, and he really likens them to lowly animals. Why would you even feel the need to defend that? This isn't that super nice guy in your community suddenly being accused of murder, it's the head of Foxconn. Big effin' surprise.
     

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