250 Foxconn Employees Poisoned By Pesticide

This time it isn't an employee falling off a roof or out of a window. This time, it's pesticide.

Foxconn, the world's largest manufacturer of electronics, is responsible for assembling the Xbox 360, the PS3, the Wii, the iPhone and more.

After 250 workers at the company's Chennai, India plant were hospitalised, Foxconn had no choice but to shut the plant down. Workers experienced what has been described as "sensations of giddiness and nausea". According to Foxconn, this "may have been caused by the routine spraying of pesticide at the production facility."

Out of the 250 hospitalised workers, 28 are still in the hospital. The plant is responsible for mobile phone parts.

This year, 11 Foxconn employees have committed suicide at the company's Shenzhen factory. Foxconn is raising employee wages by 70 percent to the equivalent of US$295 a month.

The salary increase will also apparently increase rates Foxconn charges its clients to produce their goods. To offset the increase, Foxconn is looking at increasing plant automation and relocating plants to China's interior, where wages are lower. Price increases could mean either higher prices for game consoles or lower profit margins for electronics companies.

AFP: Foxconn shuts India plant after workers hospitalised [AFP via The Register]


Comments

    “may have been caused by the routine spraying of pesticide at the production facility.”

    Just another day at Foxconn.

    That company really has some problems

    Crazy to say the least. I hope none of those pesticides ended up in my console (sad).

    Foxconn is turning into a real life survival horror setting.

    "Foxconn is raising employee wages by 70 percent to the equivalent of US$295 a month."

    Wow. I only work a casual 15-20 hours at my local supermarket and I get about AU$800 a month, which is about US$720. Talk about slave labor.

    Also... this sounds like the sort of thing Foxconn would do to make cuts. They should add horns to their logo.

      Cost of living is slightly different too though.

    Foxconn Evil 4 : Pesticide Menace

    Just ask Steve Jobs about it, he'll tell you it's not a problem.

    This won't deter any of Kotaku's readers from purchasing their next console or game. They will continue to play the the shame on Foxconn game but at no point will they take responsibility themselves for supporting the company that does this.

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