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Foxconn apologises over 'animal' comment

2012-01-23 12:00

Taipei - Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has apologised over comments by CEO Terry Gou allegedly comparing workers to animals, a report said on Monday.

Gou drew criticism on online news forums and discussion sites after he was quoted by Taiwanese media as saying "I have a headache how to manage one million animals" at the company's year-end party in Taipei Zoo earlier this month.

Foxconn is the largest maker of computer components and assembles products for Apple - including the iPhone - plus Sony and Nokia. It employs about one million workers in China.

The company issued a statement over the weekend to apologise to "anyone who feels offended" but stressed that Gou's remarks were taken out of context by the media, according to the Taipei-based Now News website.

"Gou is aware that the media reports are misleading and offensive and he apologises to anyone who feels offended. However, Gou did not deliberately slander the workers as some media described," it quoted Foxconn as saying.

Foxconn was not immediately available for comment.

Comments
  • Godfrey - 2012-01-23 12:57

    Of course they are always misquoted.

  • Eternity - 2012-01-23 15:27

    BTW this same company, Foxconn, has a history of its employees committing suicide. In 2010 about dozen workers killed themselves and a week or 2 ago 300 employees threaten mass suicide. How badly must they be treated by their employers that think of them as animals?

      Marc - 2012-01-23 16:26

      I wouldn't get too hysterical Eternity. This is oldish news. One of their plants in mainland China alone has 550,000 employees in an industrial park. The facilities are excellent on an HR level. Although it seemed that their suicide rate was high, it turned out that it was statistically 3 times lower than the rest of mainland China at 15 per 100000 pa, and over 6 times lower than Greece. It is just a matter of looking at the numbers - the problem is that we, with our small businesses, can not remotely imagine the scale of a complex such as that.

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