Apple & Foxconn Case Study Essay

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Foxconn: Impact of globalization on labor conditions. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd which trades as Foxconn Technology group or as the media calls it Foxconn has been in media limelight recently due to labor problems that have surfaced from the organization. Foxconn is a major equipment manufacturer supplier to electronics giants like Blackberry, Apple, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo Wii. The internet has several articles and controversies regarding the deplorable worker conditions and cases of suicides by the workers. Foxconn has factories in Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America why is it that only China’s Foxoconn was in highlight and not any other country? While the Chinese factories happened to be the…show more content…
The latest incident involved about 18 Foxconn employees who jumped off from the building to fatality. The media reported that there were nearly eighteen workers at the China factories who attempted or committed the suicidal act. TV news clipping showed fall protection nets in place that went up after psychologists recommended them. An investigation by an undercover team revealed that the underlying cause of mass suicides was due to work conditions rather that any personal or social reasons. The specific reasons for each suicidal cases are still unclear and the “silence mode” prevails in the organization in which an employee is threatened to loose job if they speak up. After doing an intense research into what various media sources have published for Foxconn it is quite obvious that this is another Nike case but nearly after two decades and despite the working conditions and infrastructure may have improved this is a case of sweatshop labor that is on steroids. The long tiring hours, nearly low wages, and a robotic lifestyle are reflective of the extreme conditions that prevail beyond the nice clean epoxied rooms where the production is carried out. The working conditions of the workers are demoralizing and nerve wrecking. . If one is found talking to a coworker you get a negative mark and some manager intervention which can be escalated to imposing of fine on the individual. This was very obvious when I watched the YouTube clippings of

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