11 Oct 2010
A leaked report into conditions at Foxconn describes the company's plants as modern-day “concentration camps,” and claims the suicide problem is worse than reported.
The report, conducted by 20 universities across Greater China, contains allegations of abuse and neglect of workers, Global Times said.
The researchers have called for Taiwan-owned Foxconn and parent Hon Hai to make radical changes to the company's culture and labor practices.
The report describes Foxconn - which manufactures consumer electronic devices for a host of companies including Apple, Dell and HP - as a “concentration camp of workers in the 21st century.”
Employees face verbal abuse and harsh punishments for a long list of named infringements. Around 50% of employees reported being subjected to some form of abuse, with 16% of cases allegedly perpetuated by supervisors or managers.
The authors also claim that Foxconn's employee suicide scandal was worse than reported – the study claims at least 17 employees had tried to commit suicide since January, compared to the 14 widely reported, SCMP.com said.