Foxconn Faces Yet Another Suicide
Foxconn recently confirmed that a 23-year-old employee working at its Chengdu factory killed himself by jumping from his apartment in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.
The worker had only begun working at Foxconn last month. Police are still investigating the death.
While worker suicides at Foxconn are nothing new, considering several were reported in 2010 and three employees were killed in a factory explosion last year, this is the first following the improved working conditions that were promised on behalf of the manufacturer as well as Apple after facing scrutiny from the media.
A Fair Labor Association report publicly revealed the harsh treatment of some employees in Foxconn’s Chinese plants, and since then Foxconn has hired thousands of new employees to prevent overworking of their existent ones. The company has also already improved its safety protocols, issued higher pay rates, and upgraded worker housing to ensure proper treatment of the 1.2 million workers that the company employs as a whole.
Despite the publicized efforts that have obviously been made by the company along with Apple, some activist groups aren’t satisfied. According to CultofMac:
Back in May, labor watchdog Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior said that “nothing’s changed” at Foxconn’s factories, and that “the frontline management continue to impose humiliating disciplinary measures on workers.”
At the same Chengdu plant, where iOS device displays are produced, over 1,000 workers rioted earlier this month due to a past conflict.