9th Foxconn employee jumps to death in China
Posted by Author on May 21, 2010
AFP, May 21, 2010 –
BEIJING — A 21-year-old employee of Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn jumped to his death Friday in southern China, state media said, as officials confirmed the January suicide of a worker at a plant in the north.
The incidents bring to nine the number of Foxconn employees who have apparently committed suicide by jumping from a building since the start of the year, the state news agency Xinhua said.
Two others suffered serious injuries in similar falls.
The incidents have highlighted concerns about the difficult conditions for millions of factory workers in China, especially those at Foxconn, where labour activists say long hours, minimal pay and significant pressure are the norm.
In the south, a man identified as Nan Gang, died early Friday after jumping from the fourth floor of a Foxconn factory building in Shenzhen, a special economic zone bordering Hong Kong, Xinhua reported.
Officials at Foxconn — whose clients include Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard — were not immediately available for comment on the report.
Investigators have ruled out foul play, and police have said the death was a suicide, Xinhua reported……. (more from AFP)
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