The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn produces high-end equipment for Apple, Dell, HP, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and other global brands. Working under miserable conditions at minimal pay in giant Chinese factories at least 18 workers committed suicide in 2010. All suicide victims were migrant workers in the 17 to 25 age group. Employees are forced to work overtime on a regular basis and endure systematic repression.  They are subject to approval even when they need to go to the toilet. The only labor representation permitted is the company’s own pseudo trade-union. Under massive public pressure, Foxconn promised to increase wages. However, research shows that working conditions have not improved and that, moreover, student interviewees report that at least hundreds of thousands “interns” are forced by their schools to work at Foxconn.

Foxconn deserves the Public Eye People’s Award.

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