Another suicide at Foxconn: employee jumps off a building

Another suicide at Foxconn: employee jumps off a building
On Wednesday, another Foxconn employee jumped off a build in what’s the first suicide in the factory known most for making Apple products after Cupertino agreed to implement a huge program to improve work conditions for overseas workers.

A 23-year-old employee is said to have fallen out of his apartment, just outside the plant in southwest Chengdu, according to a statement Foxconn released today. It had been only a month since the worker joined Foxconn. An investigation is underway.

There are 1.2 million Chinese workers manually assembling iOS devices at Foxconn, and back at March Apple made some important advancements to secure them with their rights. An independent report found no huge violations of Chinese law, except for the long-hour shifts and overtime often growing out of the accepted maximum in the Asian country.

Now, Foxconn has said that it will hire tens of thousands more workers to make up for that overtime work that needs to be done and distribute it in reasonable amounts across its workforce. Also, wages were hiked in February by as much as 25%, along with more secure safety protocols implemented and better housing conditions

This suicide however again opens a chapter of Apple’s and really the tech industry’s dark side, after series of suicides shocked the world in 2010.

source: Reuters

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77 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

sad story... RIP to that employee...

8. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Yes RIP, and stop buying so many damn iOS devices or you'll overflow Foxconn workers and this happens. Go to ICS, it's much better.

12. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

People will get what will suit them best, no need to tell them what to do!

18. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

not reall, that is job for commercials and marketing

27. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Did you even read the article? It clearly says all of them work in the assembling section.

49. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

I didn't talk about that so F oFF

58. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Idiot

57. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Such a stupid unnecessary comment

62. MISTER-H

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Taco and galli must be laughing there ass of...

77. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

'that employee' was an iDiot he easily could have resigned, suicide is never the way, who knows, he might be in hell now. I still hate apple though

2. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

the photo tells everything..imagine living in an apartment which has suicide nets..very cool

3. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

So instead of quitting and finding another job, they choose suicide as the way out. Is there something other than the long hours and non-optimal work conditions that's making them go crazy over there? Are the bosses threatening their families if they leave? Why kill yourself over some job?

5. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

@Jay_F I have to agree with you. There has to be something more than just a crappy job that making these poor souls end thier life. I think a full investigation is warranted. It seems like we always presume it’s all about Foxconn when it could be completely unrelated.

22. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Sure, spew your Apple propaganda. I'm sure that working 6 to 7 days a week, for as long as 14 hours daily for starvation wages with no breaks has nothing to do with it. I wonder how long you would last under those conditions.

50. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

@jmoita2, How can you accuse me of spewing Apple propaganda with the comment I made. I didn’t say that it wasn’t Foxconn's fault.. .I simply stated that there COULD be other reasons worker are killing themselves... Judging by many of the other comments you have posted in other articles... Maybe you should stop and think for a second before posting.

59. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Well said davecann. Jmoita does make some really stupid uninformed comments. Just ignore him/her

63. MISTER-H

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

iFan supporting a greedy filthy evil company...

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you dont "quit" jobs in china. you get fired and permanently black listed for all jobs in that area. you can also be arrested. it also affects your family because you bring "shame" on yourself and to your family and people start to treat you different. Add that to the long hours, the fact that they are forced to sleep 4 people per closet, crap pay, not allowed to socialize most of the day, and more. Oh and whenever they get a "raise", the cost of everything on the facility goes up to compensate.. so they are not getting much of a raise. China is not the US. They dont have the same culture and they dont have anywhere near the rights.

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

then is their culture at fault and not Apple. is 2012 when people commits suicides is no ones fault but yourself

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Ahh.. here is the iDefence league's junior member now. Thanks for clarifying.. lol

34. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Gallito... First, please learn proper English. Secondly, shame on you!!!

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

me not knowing English is irrelevant to the topic.. but coming form a low life like you.. why shame on me.. lots of people commits suicide everyday and there is lots of information out there, internet,.. we can only do so much a society.. I feel bad for the person, but not guilty..

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, your ability to communicate in English is going to affect how your message is received by readers of this site. Check your thumbup/down score.

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

there are lots of readers that English is their second language so I dont see what is the problem besides people born here still write lie cr@p and what is their escuse?... thumbup/down means nothing to me.

61. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Speak your mind bro. That's what freedom is all about, who cares if someone doesn't like it.

67. MISTER-H

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

It means nothing to u... Cause uve got no self-respect.....

52. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@ gallitoking I would be more than happy to compensate your family if you will commit suicide. Just name your price :-)

56. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

gross

65. MISTER-H

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Hahaha. ...

55. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Well, start feeling guilty...if you own an iPhone.

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