Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Foxconn suicides - who's responsibility?

Not sure what to make of the whole Foxconn movements. It sounds like the cracks in the system are showing:

"The unrest at Foxconn ... and strikes at factories linked to Honda have highlighted growing pressure for better labour conditions in the “factory of the world”."

But also, reading on, that plastering over the cracks is maybe just seen as someone else's job:

" one option was to sell all its dormitories to the government and rent them back for its staff as needed.

“If a worker in Taiwan commits suicide because of emotional problems his employer won’t be held responsible, but we are taken to task in China because they are living and sleeping in our dormitories,”"

So it's OK for people to commit suicide so long as the state pays for it?

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