Sony Investigating Factory Suicides

Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, a spate of suicides at its Shenzhen complex attracting worldwide media attention. It's also attracted the attention of Sony, for whom Foxconn manufacture consoles.

Like Nintendo, Sony has launched its own instigation into work practices at Foxconn's factories, issuing a statement which reads "In response to recent reports, Sony has begun taking steps to re-evaluate the working environment at Foxconn".

The Japanese company joins not only Nintendo but also Nokia, Apple, Dell and HP in probing Foxconn, whose time in the spotlight is serving as an untimely reminder to Western consumers that the electronic devices we demand at affordable prices often come with a human cost.

Foxconn stands accused of operating a "militarised" operation, with workers forced to stand, are banned from speaking and detained in factory dormitories.

Nokia, Sony raise concern over Foxconn [China Post]


    It happened for your Nikes and it happened for your Gucci bags. Why are we at all surprised that it happens for our electronics too?

    Or do people just pretend they don't know so they can sleep easier?

    Is this that second job people were supposed to work to be able to afford a PS3?

      599-599-599 US DOLLARS-! RIIIIDGE RACER!

      Seriously though, this is awful. What sort of sick fuck treats factory workers like that? In any part of the world, any socioeconomic situation? Surely the money isn't worth this.

      Maybe foxconn management can be taken for 're-education' in China?

    what can average people do about something like this? I feel powerless to affect this.

      You can find out what products are assembled by Foxconn and not buy those products. And perhaps write to the companies in question, letting them know that you're not buying these products until the treatment of their workers improves.

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