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Ear to the Ground

Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

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Posted on Apr 28, 2012
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Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

Foxconn is a major manufacturer of products for Apple, Sony, Nintendo, HP and Microsoft, among others. —ARK

The Guardian:

The protest happened in the central China city of Wuhan.

It involved 200 workers, the Hong-Kong based activist group Information Centre for Human Rights said.

A company spokesman said the dispute, which concerned workplace adjustments and involved new workers, had been settled. He said it was not a strike. The company employs 1.2 million workers in China.

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By Justin Case, May 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

Vector: “question; what if there are people who do not want to be a part of your “market”? What do we do with them?”

“History shows that those who choose to “opt out” of the “Capitalist Global Market” meet their end by CIA or Special Forces bullet; so much for the “free market”! “

You do NOTHING with them. They do whatever else they want. that’s the nature of capitalism.
History shows that every action opposite to this is an action to destroy capitalism.
It is up to us to stop this anti-market activity and that includes jailing everyone in the CIA forever. It is a terrorist organization.

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By vector56, May 1, 2012 at 5:03 am Link to this comment

“It is the job of every person in the market to figure out the right model of future demand and the right level of future+current inventory to meet it.”


Justin Case;  question; what if there are people who do not want to be a part of your “market”? What do we do with them?

History shows that those who choose to “opt out” of the “Capitalist Global Market” meet their end by CIA or Special Forces bullet; so much for the “free market”!

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By Justin Case, April 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

I am not in any way a libertarian. Foxconn is not in any way capitalist, nor is Apple.
It is the job of every person in the market to figure out the right model of future demand and the right level of future+current inventory to meet it.
Apple’s a horrible company. Let them over-produce and go bankrupt.
Nintendo never got THEIR inventory wrong nor had to enslave people to sell units.

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By vector56, April 30, 2012 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

“Any weakness in demand results in massive over-supply therefor wages have to be de-minimus in order to allow the “Company” to absorb destruction of outdated unconsumed inventory.  A $1 per day raise for 1.2 Million workers can quickly get out of hand.”

Surfboy;

consider your statement above; at the core of your facade is the idea that Corporations are more important than People.

Basically what they are selling is the idea that there is nothing wrong with “the system” (Capitalism); it must us (greed).  Richard Wolffe, Howard Zinn and Slavoj Zizek point out the many “flaws” in Capitalism and do not use the people as scapegoats to cover for a defective system.

I went back and read “Just Cause’s comments from the Slavoj Zizek post (The Problem With Capitalism) and they are pretty much (word for word) mirror what he is saying here; could he be a Libertarian talking points Spam machine set on autopilot?

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By Justin Case, April 30, 2012 at 3:00 am Link to this comment

the Foxxcon stuff was news some time ago.
If anything the workers need to consider pushing the MANAGERS off the roof, not themselves.

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By vector56, April 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

“YOur over-simplification of the term “capitalism” results in rigid in-apposite comparisons and analysis.”

Ironic Surfboy; many here (yourself included) over simplify Communism and Socialism.

The guy who owns FoxConn is one of the riches men in the World; now where do you think all the wealth came from? 

Like most Capitalist, you sound like a “pimp” who is trying explains to a whore why she should turn over 90% of the money (wealth) she created by “working her ass off” so you can put new tires on your “pimp-mobile”. 

Your smoke and mirrors can not cover up the fact that the millions of workers created the wealth that this “Global Pimp”  who owns Foxconn enjoys and will pass on to his offspring.

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By vector56, April 29, 2012 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

“This is capitalism run amok. “

No Surfboy, this is just what Capitalism is!

What would call the 200 years of American history when human beings themselves where considered “Capital” (slavery).

American’ s long history of the “company” town with the company store and every aspect of the lives of the “cheap labor” being controlled by the “Company” smells a lot like what FoxConn, Apple, Dell HP… are doing (as you pointed out).

Ever heard the old joke concerning a “one legged hooker in a Mining Town”?

Even before the Industrial age, the feudal over lords of Europe pretty much set up the same sweet deal for themselves; tie the Surfs to the land (you own), make them work their lives (and the lives of their children) away and take 85% of their labor generated wealth! Old game, new players.

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By vector56, April 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Hell, kinda reminds me of the days when we used those little guys to build the rail roads across the country. Their lives were pretty cheap back then; nice to see things don’t change much.

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By vector56, April 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

Who cares about a few dead “China-men” as long as I can listen to the “jams” on my ipod!

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By John Sullivan, April 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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Wait a minute—the day the iPad came on the market I was assured that working conditions at Apple plants in China were hunky dory after NPR quoted some comedian who lied.

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By gerard, April 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

So we are sending our “financial strip tease methods” overseas in spades—not that they don’t have enough of their own!

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