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Corporate Misbehaviour

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Two journal articles on Apple’s Foxconn factories in China

New Technology, Work and Employment (July 2013), and The Asia-Pacific Journal (August 2013), features two articles on Foxconn in China – “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” by Jenny Chan and “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” by Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden.

As described in the editorial to the July issue by Debra Howcroft and Phil Taylor:

“These papers in different ways are concerned with the production of electronic consumables by Foxconn, the Taiwanese-owned multinational supplier, which is China’s leading exporter. … The first of the articles provides the remarkable testimony of Tian Yu, a young female migrant worker, who attempted suicide by [...]

The Guardian: The woman who nearly died making your iPad

Tian Yu worked more than 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had to skip meals to do overtime. Then she threw herself from a fourth-floor window.

Tian Yu tried to kill herself in 2010, as did 17 of her Foxconn colleagues. Photograph: University Research Group

At around 8am on 17 March 2010, Tian Yu threw herself from the fourth floor of her factory dormitory in Shenzhen, southern China. For the past month, [...]

South China Morning Post: Foxconn investors look to bright side with stock surge

Report of Mozilla deal shades Apple setback as labour protesters turn up the volume at AGM

Toh Han Shih


Labour activists make their point at the Foxconn meeting.

The Hong Kong share price of Foxconn International jumped 7.2 per cent, on a day the smartphone manufacturer’s labour practices came under attack by protesters at its annual general meeting.

With yesterday’s spike, Foxconn’s stock has now soared 18 per cent from Monday to HK$3.73 [...]

Foxconn (2038.HK) ignores the demand of democratic trade union

Today (30 May 2013), the Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and other local organizations including Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee, Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese and a group of tertiary students went to the Annual General Meeting of Foxconn International Holdings Limited to protest against Foxconn’s maltreatment of workers and its broken promise of trade union democratization. A More Democratic Foxconn? No One Told the Workers

WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2013 8:25 PM


With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country. So it’s fitting that the company has vowed to make its manufacturing kingdom a bit more democratic by encouraging union elections.

But although the company announced its push for union democracy in February, a subsequent study by academics in Hong Kong and mainland China reveals that many workers don’t even know whether they’re in a union, and many others don’t have a clear idea of what their union does or how it works. And that actually makes perfect sense, since China’s unions are ill-defined, bureaucratized institutions—politically [...]