Foxconn's Latest In Suicide Prevention? Hiring "Mature" Workers

To combat its recent rash of suicides, Foxconn has installed safety nets, nixed suicide compensation, raised wages and even considered moving factories to China's interior and increasing automation on the assembly line. The company's latest brainstorm?

Foxconn is looking at hiring more mature workers. This comes as last week a 22-year-old female worker fell to her death at a Foxconn manufacturing plant. Two types of anti-psychotic drugs were found in her dorm.

Each new Foxconn recruit will take exams that aim to uncover any mental health issues. The company is apparently aiming to hire more "mature" workers. Will "mature" workers be better able to endure Foxconn's shifts? Earlier this year, a young married man died after apparently working a 34-hour shift.

Foxconn assembles the Xbox 360, the PS3, the Nintendo Wii and the iPhone, among many other electronic devices.

The Independent has a piece up on the working conditions at Foxconn. It's definitely worth a read.

Foxconn sees thirteenth suicide; is hiring mature employees to avoid more jumps [Digitimes via Gizmodo][Pic]


    Perhaps they're wanting to hire old people who have no living relatives to miss them when they kill themselves. Coming next: Jobs for Orphans

    Older people have more reason to keep living. They have dependents, distant relatives, an established life to live for so there's less incentive to kill yourself.

    Though when a company combats suicide by enacting these sorts of measures, something's seriously wrong.

    This is actually really sad. I love gaming but for me to save a few bucks on a console this is the result???

    This is obviously the downstream effect of the competitive nature of Chineese manufacturing and the low cost labour that they have built an industry around. But surely as a Exec at FC, when you sign off the capital expenditure form to purchase Nets with the supporting business case that also proposed option 2 - Jumping castles and option 3 - mandatory parachutes, this is getting out of hand.

    Sorry to joke about this but seriously, this is crazy. And the worst thing is that even if wages increase and working conditions improve, costs will rise and the companies like M$ and $ony will look for other sources of labour to drive down costs and 'increase shareholder wealth'. FC will set up a subsidiary in Taiwan and the same cycle will repeat.

      Just read the idependent article.

      It reminds me of some theory in either economics or international business management where there was ethical argumants about dealing with countries that support communism or human rights violations.

      By shutting China out of the global economy because of this, the conditions of the population would only get worse. By working with them, and yes it is a long hard road, the working conditions, pay and living standards will start to improve.

      While a number of lives have been lost, lets hope for thier sake, and others that it will have contributed in a positive way to the wellbeing of their fellow workers for generations to come.

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