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article imageSuicide series at Chinese electronics giant continues

By Igor I. Solar     May 21, 2010 in World
Shenzhen - Another Chinese factory worker of Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, maker of Apple’s iPhone, died by jumping from a company building at Shenzhen, the center of China's technology industry.
Nan Gang, a man of 21, became the most recent of 10 suicidal incidents at the plant of Foxconn in Shenzhen, southern China. Foxconn is a branch of Hon Hai, a Taiwanese conglomerate. Eight of the workers have succeeded in killing themselves. All the victims were young people between 18 and 23, who began their working life at this company. The disturbing wave has motivated a debate among experts over whether the new generation of Chinese factory workers is prepared to endure the harsh working conditions of previous generations, having spent their childhood and adolescence under better living conditions.
The wave of incidents of this type has motivated the company to hire psychologists and even Buddhist monks to conduct ceremonies to drive away "evil spirits", according to official Xinhua news agency. The company has also launched a telephone counselling service for employees, which according to managers has taken 30 calls so far from workers complaining about depression and suicidal thoughts.
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