Even as Apple’s stock price rises thanks to their star products and skill at supply chain cost control, chief supplier Foxconn Installs Antijumping Nets at Hebei Plants. Anti-jumping nets?
Having built safety nets along its employee dormitories after a series of jumping suicides at its Shenzhen production plant, Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which uses the trade name Foxconn, is now installing the same sort of nets at some of its inland factories, state media reported Tuesday.
It’s hard to know where to begin… maybe this was Foxconn’s idea of “problem containment”. They did raise wages from $120 or so to more than double that amount so perhaps root causes of these suicides are being actively investigated, but I’m skeptical. If things are so bad that people would rather hurl themselves off of tall buildings than work in a Foxconn factory (or even just go find a factory job down the street) it seems like Foxconn should put the nets on the doors of their factories to catch people from going in.
The 42,000 employees in the Shenzhen plant assemble nearly 70% of the iPhones and iPads for Apple. There have been 10 factory workers who jumped to their deaths in the first 5 months of 2010 at the Shenzhen plant. Think about this the next time someone quips, “There’s an app for that”. Use your i-Pad or Phone to e-mail Steve Jobs and ask what he’s doing about Foxconn.