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Why Nintendo Is To Blame For Wii U Child Labor Scandal

By William Usher 2012-10-20 03:04:27 discussion comments
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When one company decides to climb into the bed with another company, you better know beforehand whether or not their dirty diseases from bad practices and poor habits won't be spreading around to you. That's what happened recently when the always dirty Foxconn was busted once again for child labor violations in regards to meeting production demands for Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. But Foxconn isn't to blame for this, Nintendo is.

First off, Foxconn has been rotten for a while now. Reports have been surfacing since before 2010 about their low-down dirty behavior that resulted in several reported suicides, which caused some journalists to go undercover and find out just how bad it was working at the manufacturing giant's plants, as reported by Engadget.

The thing is, Foxconn has been getting away with a lot of stuff until journalists started scrutinizing the mega-corporation's antics and practices. It wasn't as if this stuff started in 2010, there were reports surfacing since 2009, as reported by CNET and the Telegraph, amongst many others. It's anyone's guess how many under-the-table ordeals have been transpiring at Foxconn since its founding in the mid 1970s, but I'm glad this sort of stuff is coming into the light with greater frequency and general vigilance.

(A Foxconn dormitory room where employees live. Only has one bathroom.)

Now, Nintendo has been eying Foxconn as a business partner for a while, since mid 2011, after initially announcing the Wii U at E3 last June. While there were some facts that managed to get mangled and lost in translation, it became apparent that the “next-gen” console rumored to be in manufacturing by Foxconn was actually the Wii U, as speculated by many readers. Nevertheless, the news about the employee suicides had already become apparent back in May of 2010, so there was more than a year of this going on for Nintendo to take this manufacturing gig into consideration before signing any pre-release contracts.

As we continue to journey down one of the filthy brownish-green sewer pipes that only Mario would brave, we land on this next bit of insightful information: Back in 2010, one of the Foxconn factories in Mexico was on the receiving end of a rather devilish scheme. The company purposefully held up its own workers on a transport bus just so that they would arrive late for work and the company could use that as an excuse to forfeit paying them overtime for the extra work they had to do to make up for being late. Yes, Foxconn stooped that low. You can check that little story out over at Gizmodo.


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