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article imageAnother worker commits suicide at Foxconn in Shenzhen, China

By Igor I. Solar     May 27, 2010 in World
Shenzhen - Another employee of the factory that produces popular devices such as the iPhone and IPad committed suicide. This is the twelfth event of its kind in the factory of 300,000 employees and the tenth that ends in death since the beginning of the year.
The latest suicide took place just a few hours after the president of the parent company Hon-Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., Terry Gou, visited the factory with a group of journalists to defend the corporation from allegations about poor working conditions as a cause of the wave of suicides at the Shenzhen plant. He also promised additional efforts to prevent them from happening. "Foxconn is not making worker’s exploiters" he said.
However, shortly before midnight, another employee of last name He, 23 years old, single, from northwest China's Gansu Province jumped from a balcony in the seventh floor of the C2 dormitory building at the plant. He had began working at the plant on June 18 last year, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Foxconn has a total of 800,000 workers in China and more of 300.000 of them work at the company’s plant in Shenzhen, southern China. While the company denies poor working conditions, employees have reported long working hours, intense pressure, low salaries, military discipline and abuse by supervisors.
Many workers live isolated in dormitories inside the factory."Many of our young employees are away from home and they need care from family members. This is something that the company cannot provide," Guo said.
Steve Chang, executive of Cybermart International Holding Co. under Foxconn, told Xinhua News Agency that the company's Shenzhen factory requires at least 70 professional counselors to deal with the situation, however there are not that many practicing psychologists in Shenzhen.
Foxconn has assigned about 300 workers to install safety nets, covering 1.5 million square meters, around dormitories and factory buildings. "Although this seems like a 'dumb' measure, at least it could save lives," said Guo.
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