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Foxconn's factory in Foshan City, located in southern China's Guangdong province, is seen here in June. Foxconn has announced plans to build a new Northern China factory, amid financial losses.  (Source: AFP/Getty Images)
China's largest consumer electronics manufacturer is struggling under international scrutiny

A local notice posted on the government bulletin board in Henan city of Hebei points to Foxconn moving ahead with plans to build another massive city-sized manufacturing town nearby. 

The creation of the new Northern plant marks Foxconn's latest bid to stem the tide of suicides and disgruntled employees.  Foxconn has tried a variety of schemes to stem the suicides -- buddhist monks, letters asking employees not to kill themselves, and most recently safety nets.

However, the moves that may be having the biggest effect are also the most expensive.  Foxconn raised wages for its employees and additionally may be relocating some production to cheaper Vietnam or building replacing employees with robots at a Taiwanese facility.

It's also begrudgingly going ahead with plans to build the Henan plant in Northern China, despite the fact that it will have to pay the employees higher wages.  By moving its production closer to its migrant worker's homes it believes they will be happier.  Many employees report being distraught at leaving their families and traveling long distances to reach the current plants.

Employees at the new plant will be paid a basic wage of $176 a month during their three-month probation period, with total income up to $340 a month (with overtime).  After passing examinations, the monthly wage would rise to $300 a month, with total income of up to $440 a month.  Overtime is limited to 3 days a week, and one day a week will be guaranteed off.  

These higher wages are having an impact on the bottom line of Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Ltd.  The Taiwanese firm released a document [PDF] stating that due to these and other factors, its first half losses for this year would increase from the first half loss it posted last year.

Foxconn's dilemma is that it needs cheap labor, but moving to new facilities in Vietnam or Taiwan could incur many additional costs.  Building new plants in China, where Foxconn is already well established is respectively cheaper.  Plus China has an immense worker pool with an estimated 150 million migrant workers.  Many of these workers are at a prime age for manual labor, with two-thirds of them between the ages of 16 and 30.

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By chick0n on 6/30/2010 11:25:42 PM , Rating: 0
hey, know it all.

China has lots of Union u fucking idiot.

who told u there weren't a lot of unions? oh yeah, must be one of those US-biased media like Fox or NBC or some shit.

140 hours a week ? 6-7 days?

Ask someone who works in Goldman Sachs how many hours do they work in a week? my cousin works in there and his job starts at 9 am but the "usual" time to get off is 9 pm, and "very often" he has to stay past midnight, sometimes he gets off at 7am ~ and he has to work almost every weekend. No Overtime, same pay. Cuz thats the original offer. you get "this amount of money" and you will do your job, no matter how many hours. Sure he gets over 200K a year. but a job is a job, you signed the contract, u agreed to the terms, you know what's going to happen, why bitch ?

On the other hand, I dont thank Unions at all, sure Unions used to be a good thing in the 30s or 40s. but now? look at shitheads like UAW ? those faggots don't fucking work in the factory, but GM couldn't fired them, so what happened? GM has robots working on the assembly line while those faggots sitting on a bench on the side and reading newspapers. Wonder why GM turned into Government motors ?

Union ? go kiss my ass.

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