Young workers at the forefront of China’s economic boom are being encouraged to attend morale boosting rallies following a string of suicides.
Clad in pink or green company shirts preaching love and respect, the hi-tech firm Foxconn which manufactures iPhones says it wants to prevent further tragedies.
Foxconn worker Huang Jun said:“In the past, from the time we started work until when we finished, we would not really have a break. But now we have been given time to rest.”
While stress in the workplace is not unique to the Asian powerhouse, Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory has seen 12 people jump to their deaths. They have even installed nets to catch would-be suicides.
Journalist Geoffrey Crothall was less than sympathetic to Foxconn, “I don’t think today’s event is going to achieve anything except provide a bit of theatre, I think, basically, what Foxconn needs to do is to treat its workers like decent human beings, and pay them a decent wage. It is not rocket science.”
Foxconn, which employs 800,000 people, has promised to abide by government employment laws and hopes the rallies will provide a bit of light relief for its loyal employees.