POSTED: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 7:23am
EL PASO, TX - Foxconn is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cell phones and other electronics. In Juarez the company produces HP and Dell computers as well as laptops, and one of their factory workers, who wishes to be called "Carlos" for safety reasons, says employees are being pushed to their limits.
"They are mistreating people, they are overworking people," Carlos said.
Carlos says Juarez employees are treated as expendable and forced to work long hours and put in a lot of overtime. He says nothing illegal is being done by the company, but he says the company knows how bad Mexican employees need their jobs.
"They know they have families, they know they depend on rides, they depend on eating from the factories, and they'll put pressure and they really don't care about employees."
Three months ago we covered a riot at one of the Foxconn factories in Juarez. It happened after workers said managers locked 3-thousand employees in the factory so they would work extra hours.
Foxconn has also been in the news worldwide this week because about a dozen Chinese employees have committed suicide in a factory there. At least one of them was said to have lost an iPhone prototype, and he reportedly killed himself in shame. That was the first suicide about a year ago.
"Carlos" says there have been investigations, but no wrongdoing has ever been found. He says that leads U.S companies to think nothing is wrong.
"This is not a sweatshop, it's air conditioned, it's cooled, they're well cared for, medically provided for, but physically, emotionally, people are drained, people get stressed out."
We called a number for Foxconn's Marketing and Sales Department in the U.S., and left messages for comment, but our calls have not been returned.