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Foxconn Rallies: Employees Pledge To Cherish Their Lives

Foxconn factory girls express their support for Terry Guo and Foxconn.

Foxconn employees wearing "I love Foxconn" pink t-shirts.

From NetEase:

Tens of thousands of employees at Foxconn’s Shenzhen campus pledge to cherish life

August 18th afternoon, owing to “Cherish Life, Care for Family” pledge events organized by Foxconn’s union at various Mainland China campuses, a large-scale event was held at the Shenzhen factory campus, the second time open to the media, with tens of thousands of people holding a parade at the factory campus.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen campus, Foxconn employees taking an oath. After a string of employee suicide jumpings at Foxconn, Guo Taiming [Terry Guo, CEO of Foxconn] quickly required various factory campuses in Mainland China to install safety nets.

Foxconn China workers holding up a sign expressing their love for Terry Guo.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzen factory campus, a large image of Guo Taiming saying “Love me love you”. Foxconn’s Taiyuan [Shanxi province] factory already held a mass pledge rally on the 16th, dismantling the previously installed safety netting. However, other than the Taiyuan factory campus, all the other mainland factory campuses including Shenzhen will not immediately dismantle their safety nets following the pledge rallies.

Foxconn factory girls express their support for Terry Guo and Foxconn.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, heartfelt words to Terry Guo from Foxconn employees. The pledge rallies are mainly for presenting proposals drafted by the union, calling for employees to use proper channels to express reasonable demands, that “When there are problems with work, talk to company; When there are problems in life, talk to the union”, hoping a comprehensive approach will help employees realize “work safety, a healthy life” and other goals.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees write “Cherish life” slogans/banners. In terms of scale, today’s Shenzhen pledge rally, this was the largest employee self-organized event in Hon Hai’s [the parent company of Foxconn] history, held collectively by an estimated ten factories in Shenzhen, and also broadcast by the headquarters in Tucheng, Taipei.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees write “Cherish life” slogans/banners. To let the outside world understand Foxconn’s situation, the Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus was opened to the public for the second time on the 18th.

Foxconn workers at a rally holding up a banner that says their home is with Foxconn, that everyday is sunshine.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees write “Cherish life” slogans/banners.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees parading on the streets of the factory campus.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees parading on the streets of the factory campus.

Foxconn workers at a rally pledging to cherish life.

August 18th afternoon, Foxconn Shenzhen factory campus, Foxconn employees taking an oath/making a pledge.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易上海网友:

Disgusting!

网易广西贵港网友:

Actually, Foxconn is already doing a lot, and is more conscientious than many many factories.

网易广东佛山网友:

The “Grandpa Guo, you’ve worked hard” and “Chairman, we will always support Foxconn” red calligraphy in the third photograph reminds me of the suicide incidents that happened here.
But, I still hope that all of Foxconn’s employees can be healthy and happy!

网易火星网友:

One word: Disgusting.
Shouting such grandiose slogans!
More practical: More benefits, less overtime,
more activities and exchange, less bullying and overbearing,
and people will surely live in work in peace!!

网易广东深圳网友:

A few of the factories girls are not bad.

网易欧洲网友:

Are all Foxconn girls this pretty?

网易火星网友:

So fake, hurry and come see, so fake, Guo Taiming [Terry Guo] is making a sham again.

网易北京网友:

A bunch of mental retards playing a game.

网易四川成都网友:

I’m reminded of those unpublicized black brick kilns and etc…sigh…

网易天津网友:

The whole thing is like the Cultural Revolution, all fake. Can this give them long term stability/peace? Look, there isn’t a single old employee. Do they even have a future?

From Sohu:

20,000 Foxconn employees parade as if it were Carnival, pledge to cherish life

Summary: Yesterday afternoon, at the Foxconn Longhua Campus in Shenzhen City, 20,000 employees participated in their “Carnival”. This unprecedented mass event, proposed by Foxconn employees and organized by Foxconn’s trade union, had “cherish life, care for family” as its main theme. Through a series of events/activities, Foxconn’s union hopes that every employee will become aware of the value of life, and that suicide is a kind of selfish and cowardly act…

Foxconn rally featuring Chinese ethnic minorities.

Two girls holding signs in support of Foxconn and Terry Guo.

Journey to the West costumes at a Foxconn rally.

Comments from Sohu:

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搜狐社区:

Too ridiculous! Truly a bunch of things worse than pigs and dogs. With so many of their own coworkers dead, a company run by a bunch of hooligans and ruffians, and they’re still happy. Truly sad!

搜狐社区:

Disguised corporate propaganda. Chinese people are so easy to fool. Those suicide jumpers truly died in vain. Sad.

搜狐社区:

Everyone, don’t be surprised! The girl’s slogan was not finished. It should be: “Grandpa Guo, you’ve worked hard in bed!”

搜狐社区:

Cherish life, stay far away from the factory!

搜狐广东省佛山市网友

The event/activity itself is no cause for criticism. But against a backdrop of successive suicides, not only are they not deeply reflecting upon the company’s responsibility, they’re here celebrating? Are they still human?! The [company] leadership should supervise the company’s self-reflection and self-examination!

搜狐社区:

Truly pathetic! The boss spends money to have the union put on a show, the helpless employees have no choice but to play along, the entire scene a complete farce!

搜狐社区:

You call him Grandpa Guo and he laughs behind your back [asking] “Am I that old? My girlfriend is about your age!”

搜狐手机网友:

Those above, if you don’t understand Foxconn, don’t blindly say things. Foxconn is actually a pretty good company, much better than certain mainland companies, its management very standardized. I’ve worked at Foxconn for 13 years, and truly feel Foxconn is pretty good.

Some more photos:

Foxconn rallies to boost morale in Shenzhen, China.

Foxconn rallies to boost morale in Shenzhen, China.

Foxconn rallies to boost morale in Shenzhen, China.

A worker hangs between two Chinese characters for "life".

Foxconn workers in Spiderman costumes at a Foxconn rally where employees pledge to love their lives and their families.

A large-scale parade held at Foxconn City in Shenzhen, China.

Foxconn employees pledge to treasure their lives, love their families, and care for each other to build a better future.

A Foxconn rally involving costumes and parades.

Costumed paraders at a morale-boosting Foxconn rally.

Foxconn workers holding red hearts, pledging to cherish life.

Foxconn employees pledge to treasure their lives, love their families, and care for each other to build a better future.

A Foxconn worker looks through a chain-link fence.

Foxconn employees pledge to treasure their lives, love their families, and care for each other to build a better future.

Foxconn employees wearing "I love Foxconn" pink t-shirts.

See also:

  • “Bizarre: Foxconn rallies its employees to not commit suicide” (Shanghaiist)
  • “Foxconn Rallies Workers amid Suicide Concerns” (China Digital Times)

Foxconn has over 400,000 employees in Shenzhen. Since the suicides, wages have been more than doubled.

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