Foxconn’s compensation debate highlights Taiwan’s wage problems

The Taiwanese company has come under criticism for comments its chairman has made about starting salaries for employees

Foxconn has been in the international spotlight for a few notorious reasons — one being its rash of employee suicides over the last couple of years. Its association with Apple device manufacturing has put it front and center in the human rights arena. But a recent debacle dubbed the “Liang Xiaohua incident” has brought the company further into controversial crisis.

The Taiwan-based company’s chairman Terry Gou has come under criticism for saying that he would be interested in buying any tech company that pays their college graduates $22,000 New Taiwan dollars (US$729), based on the notion that a company that could pay employees that salary must be a company worth focusing on. The controversy came when an anonymous employee posted online as Liang Xiaohua, and said that she receives only $22,000 New Taiwan dollars a month. 

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Juliana Kenny

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