The news about Apple and Nokia pulling out their production facilities from China intensifies several days ago, after another Foxconn worker at Apple plant tried to jump from 4th floor.
The 22-year old unnamed Chinese worker reportedly attempted to end her life after excessive work-related stress and fatigue.
Foxconn is a Taiwanese company and is the largest electronic contractor in the world employing more than 1.3 million workers, which majority is in mainland China. The company produces more than 40% of Apple and 30% of Nokia products.
In New York Times report on Sunday, it stated that working conditions at Foxconn were so bad that at least 18 Foxconn workers attempted to commit suicide at its Apple plants. Foxconn responded to the suicide threats by constructing safety nets around its plants to prevent workers from jumping to their deaths.
Foxconn has been involved in several controversies relating to how it manages employees in China. There has been a history of suicides at its factories blamed on working conditions. In January 2012, about 150 Foxconn employees threatened to commit mass-suicide in protest at their working conditions
The recent news on suicide and working conditions give Apple and Nokia executives a second thought on whether they want to continue to partner with Foxconn in the next few years or not.
“China will eventually collapse if these big companies cut their ties with Foxconn. Losing 1.2 million workers is like throwing people out in desert without food. Business around the factories will eventually die. People with suffer hunger and everything, There will be a recession in China”, Steve Chase of Goldman Sachs told The New York Times.
China already lost Epson, 40& of Microsoft plants, some Toyota plants, and 150 other Japanese companies. It’s hard to imagine what will happen if Apple, Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, and Nintendo leaves”, Chase said.
Chine is becoming the center of attraction recently due to its aggression in West Philippine Sea.
Some countries like Australia and Japan already aired displeasure on China over its illegal activities, and threaten the country to pull-out most their firms of the Chinese government keep on ignoring the case filed by the Philippines on International Court of Arbitration.