Not in Vain

The impact of Foxconn’s decision to raise wages at its Shenzhen campus could have longer-term repercussions.

As the New York Times reports today, workers in the region appear emboldened, with Honda plant workers staging a walkout, TPV Technology contemplating raises, and the entire contract manufacturing industry under the world media microscope.

Foxconn itself seems to be reconsidering the scope of its agenda, with a spokesman saying that the all-in-one model might not be the best going forward.

Let’s hope the death of the dozen (and counting) workers is not in vain.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow