Foxconn says sorry for calling employees animals

Foxconn has said sorry for a PR own goal which indicated that it thought that its Chinese employees were nothing but animals.

According to AP  the outfit has been slammed by human rights groups who accuse the company of running a glorified sweatshop which treats its workers badly.

Apple Messiah Steve Jobs had to defend the company while he was alive and insisted Foxconn was not a sweatshop.

However, in what appears to be a desperate attempt to prove him wrong, Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has apologised over comments by chief Terry Gou allegedly comparing workers to animals.

Gou was quoted by Taiwanese media as saying “I have a headache how to manage one million animals.” He was speaking at the company’s year-end party in Taipei Zoo earlier this month.

The company issued a statement over the weekend to apologise to “anyone who feels offended” but stressed that Gou’s remarks were taken out of context by the media.

Gou said that the media reports are misleading and offensive and he apologises to anyone who feels offended. However, he insisted that he did not deliberately slander the workers as some media described.”

Most of the media reports we have seen suggested that it was not deliberate, just a Freudian slip which is probably just as bad.