Labor Disputes In China At All-Time-High

As Foxconn promises to bring 10s of thousands of jobs to Wisconsin amid billions of dollars of investment in new plants, one wonders what is going on in China that makes this economic (aside from the $3 billion 'incentives')...

Perhaps this...

Statista's Isabel von Kessel writes that in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) in China registered 1.8 million labor disputes – an increase of almost 118 percent compared to the previous year.

Infographic: Labor Disputes in China at All-Time-High | Statista

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Is this reason enough for local enterprises to outsource their production?

The Taiwanese electronics supplier for Apple, Foxconn, plans to open its first major factory in the U.S. President Trump, who is seeking to bolster domestic manufacturing welcomes this investment:

“This is a great day for American workers and manufacturing, and for everyone who believes in the concept and the label, ‘Made in the USA.’”

Foxconn however, has come under massive criticism in recent years with several labor disputes arising from the company’s working conditions.

In fact, labor disputes in general have become a major problem in China. One of the many reasons might be the insufficient mediation between employees and the management by the national All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU).


jtlien Fri, 07/28/2017 - 00:15 Permalink

And given $3 billion in incentives why do we need FOXCONN?  3M already makes the LCD backlight LED light diffuser Vicuity in ....    WISCONSIN (3m Menomonee).   We have former Cray Research engineers in Eau Claire at a company called Superion that can design any of the integrated circuit chips needed for an LCD television.   We have a former 3M plant in Eau Claire, Wisconsin that used to make flex circuit boards for the iPhone.   We have an advanced printed circuit facility (TTM) in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin that can make any of the circuit board needed.  Foxconn is an ASSEMBLER of high tech components.    We can make the high tech components here in Wisconsin...  Assembly is LOW tech compared to making the components.   What does FOXCONN bring to the party? 

gregga777 jtlien Fri, 07/28/2017 - 03:03 Permalink

Managing an electronics supply chain takes a lot of work. Semiconductor components become obsolete rapidly. Many other components have obsolescence issues, too. Parts obsolescence requires frequent redesign and re-qualification testing. These were regular issues in much of my work in the aerospace industry.

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HoosierHilly jtlien Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:46 Permalink

Use to have the largest TV manufacturing plant in the world (RCA) in the next town to the North from me right here in Sourthern Indiana.  It can be done, but can you get the average American convinced to spend more on a TV made here even if the quality is better?  My observations suggest the answer is no.Side note: My grandma worked there for years until a multinational conglomerate bought RCA from GE and killed the plant while screwing the workers every way they could.  From the day the plant closed to the day she died no RCA product was allowed in her house.  When I first got married I bought a refurbished TV that happened to be branded RCA,  I kept a roll of electrical tape in a drawer by the TV in case she showed up. The number of jobs that were around here when I was kid amazes me; now if a person isn't working for the Military base, a defense contractor, or the health industry it's a good bet they sit around the house shooting up all day.

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Debugas Fri, 07/28/2017 - 03:26 Permalink

the elites have decided to replace the human labour with automationthey could have started the process back 30-40 years ago but for some reason back then it was decided to use cheap human labour in asia instead of expensive back then innovation to automate