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Foxconn doomed to huge scandal based on yet-to-be-released report

Leakage from a yet-to-be-released survey report by Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn has triggered the public’s look of distrust for containing various kinds of illegal activities believed to take place within the firm’s premises.

According to information obtained through insiders, illegal activities include: abuse of interns, overly strict training and harsh punishments as well as the turning of blind eye to safety problems in the workplace and unreal salary hikes, among others.

During the survey, done jointly by more than 60 teachers and students from 20 universities in mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan- including Tsinghua University and Peking University, 14 surveyors were able to enter the company and experience ‘life inside Foxconn’ themselves.

It showed that at the plants of Shenzhen, Kunshan, Taiyuan, Wuhan and Shanghai, interns were abused; and in some cases made up 50 percent of all the plants’ employees.

According to the law, the work period of an intern should not exceed eight hours, and they are not allowed to service for overtime work. However, at some of these plants, the interns have a workload of over 10 hours with some even being forced to work night shifts.

Furthermore, no contracts are signed with these students, meaning that the company is exempt of paying social welfare; and due to the lack of supervision, upon being injured at work, interns cover their own medical expenses, without help from either the government or the firm itself.

The report also pointed out that “Foxconn’s labor system is characterized with highly-intensified workload, low payment, violent training, all at the cost of the workers’ dignity”. “Although the company has made some managerial adjustments, no improvements have been made for its employees.”

The company had, in June, announced a 30-percent raise for employees, while based on the survey, employees saw a rise no higher than 9.1 percent and were deprived of many of their welfare terms like subsidies, bonuses and so on.

Also, a list with 127 rules liable to severe punishment reigns within the firm.

According to the report, 38.1 percent of all workers at Foxconn have experienced having their privacy invaded by management personnel or the safeguards; 54.6 percent are indignant towards its management and 16.4 percent have been subject to some kind of corporal violence by the same.

The company’s strict monitoring makes it resemble a prison, the report said. Even in the same plant, employees from different departments are forbidden to communicate with one another, and mobile phones, as well as any metal object are not allowed into the facility.

Meanwhile, the company violates safety standards imposed by the country. According to Chineselaw, employers should provide workers who have contact with hazardous materials with regular health checks. But according to an employee whose name remained in anonimity, 16 years having worked at the firm and only twice did he receive medical support.- Global Times

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