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Q: Foxconn employees - why don't they just quit?

For those who missed it, now even Jon Stewart mentioned the poor souls working at Foxconn. Got me thinking - these guys are under heavy surveillance, live worse than prisoners. Why don't they just quit? Wouldn't quitting seem like a more reasonable alternative to suicide?

http://shanghaiist.com/2012/01/18/daily-show-foxconn.php

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Chinese way of thinking and acting is a complex one in our eyes, mainly due to our differences in attitudes, customs, etc. 

In China, right now, there are not too many job opportunities, you read everyday about thousands of college graduates seeking employment without success, and end up even working as barmaids iin some cases.
So, even if working conditions and environment is not the best, many still refuse to resign, hoping for a change. 

To me and my way of thinking, taking my life instead of resigning is not a wise move.  But I am not Chinese, I do not have a "face" complex, and also do not believe in reincarnation.  Yet, I do not understand the thinking process that led whomever did it to reach such drastic decision.

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Because they are under enormous pressure from their families to send money home.
In Shenzhen they pour in from all over the country to find work in factories and because Foxconn is so big, they hire a large chunk of them.
So if a migrant worker feels he/she can't handle the crappy factory job at Foxconn, what are they supposed to tell their family if they quit? Sorry mom and dad...I can't send you money?
As horrible as it is, this seems to be what it's about and no question Foxconn exploits this.

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they threaten mass suicides??? what are they retrded? learn the art of going postal my friend mass murder a few execs things will change very quickly

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Just watched the story on The Daily Show. Oddly, that is one of the programs I download everyday. I want to let my wife watch it to get her thoughts. I suggest she will echo Happy's thoughts........let's see.

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Quitting means finding another job, which probably won't be much better. In the mean time, they will have no income, and will not be able to support their families. Besides, if they just quit, the company will simply replace them. By threatening suicide, then it will be up to the company to do something about it. Threats of mass suicide will get them farther than just quitting. Maybe the company won't do anything, but if the workers would push just far enough...maybe...maybe...

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