Following another suicide at Foxconn's Shenzen plant, the ninth since the beginning of the year, the company's CEO Guo Tai-ming insists his company isn't running sweatshops. He promises to stabilize the whole situation, and revealed the firm will now be playing Buddhist music on its assembly lines to cheer up workers, and that Foxconn will seek aid of the Master of Buddhist Association of China to counsel workers.
Foxconn's CEO Guo Tai-ming finally addressed the suicides, speaking to Chinese reporters today. In the short interview he said that his company was struggling to deal with the 800,000+ employees it currently has spread out across a couple of massive factory complexes.
He refuted claims that the Shenzhen factory was a "sweatshop". In the interview he stated:
We are definitely not a ‘Sweatshop’ manufacturer. There are about 800,000 employees in China’s Foxconn, it is difficult for us to handle such a huge production team. We have (the) confidence to stabilize the whole situation.
Many of the management issues, we must only (take action) instead of talking about it, but we have always done well on (that). The press media always loves to report Foxconn’s issues, if there are really problem behind the company, it already (have fallen apart), it will not wait until now. At the moment, a lot of things cannot be said. We are quietly doing (what we can to solve the case).