Internet sensation accuses Terry Gou of mistreating Foxconn's workers

Xu’s poem describes harsh and inhuman working conditions at Foxconn factories

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Indie DaaDee (音地大帝 Indie DaaDee Facebook photo)

Indie DaaDee (音地大帝 Indie DaaDee Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Internet sensation IndieDaaDee (音地大帝) showed up at the front gate of Foxconn's headquarters in New Taipei City on Sunday night, reading out a poem written by one of a dozen Foxconn's workers who fell to their death to allude to company chairman Terry Gou’s mistreatment of the company’s workers.

The emotionally charged poem, “A Screw Drops to the Ground” (一顆螺絲掉在地上), was written by Xu Li-zhi (許立志), who fell to his death from a Foxconn dormitory in Shenzhen at the age of 23 in 2010. A total of 14 Foxconn workers fell from Foxconn dormitories or other buildings in 2010, and 12 of them died.

The causes of their deaths were determined to be mostly suicide or unknown. Xu’s “A Screw Drops to the Ground” poem describes harsh and inhuman working conditions at Foxconn factories. The poem has begun to circulate on the internet since Gou announced his presidential bid last week.

After reading out the poem, IndieDaaDee cast a handful of screws to the ground in memory of those Foxconn workers who jumped to their death.

IndieDaaDee told the media that many Taiwanese people have high hopes for Gou, thinking that if he becomes Taiwan’s president, he will be able to turn the country’s economy around. He said, “However, things might not turn out as nicely as they imagined."

He said Foxconn has a record of "14 jumps” due to poor working conditions and workplace bully, and that asking Gou to fight for Taiwan’s economy is “to drink from the poisoned chalice.”

(音地大帝 Indie DaaDee Facebook photo)