More Expensive, Company Foxconn Why Hires Robots?


Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturers from China are often criticized about the poor treatment of workers, reportedly began to replace factory workers with robots.

Some 10,000 robot named “Foxbot” is reported to have arrived at least a Foxconn factory. Others, as many as 20,000 units, is scheduled to follow at the end of the year.

Each robot unit is worth 20,000 U.S. dollars to 25,000 U.S. dollars. This is about three times larger than the average annual salary of Foxconn workers.

What is the reason Foxconn chose robotic solutions are more expensive than hiring people?

In July 2011, the founder and chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, had explained that the move was intended to improve the efficiency and also as a solution to rising labor costs.

In addition, thousands of robots will replace human tasks that are considered dangerous and boring.

Another reason, the number of worker suicides at Foxconn factories are likely to make a headache Foxconn official.

Before replacing workers with robots plan was announced last year, at least 16 Foxconn employees have committed suicide since 2010 in one factory in Shenzen, China.

Most perpetrators of suicide commit crimes by leaping from heights of buildings that Foxconn is installing “anti-suicide nets” to prevent a similar incident. The number of suicides is also making forced Foxconn to raise workers’ salaries by 25 percent.

Foxconn facility also some troubled time workers. Late last September, the factory in Taiyuan was closed for 24 hours due to unrest involving those 2,000 workers. Reportedly, 3,000 to 4,000 workers could also strike at the beginning of October, but denied by Foxconn.

The series of problems over the expected lost when the troops came Foxbot replace existing workers.

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