Another Foxconn worker takes his life

Another worker has committed suicide at Foxconn’s factory.

The 23 year old male was found dead earlier today outside a dormitory and is the latest in a string of workers to end their lives.  

Foxconn said in a statement: “The police are carrying out an investigation into this matter and Foxconn is cooperating fully with that process.

“We have expressed our condolences to the family of the deceased employee.”

Foxconn has not had the best of years. So far 13 workers have taken their lives. In the past, the firm, which makes components for Apple, has tried to mediate the situation putting up nets to stop jumpers and hiring monks.

It’s also pledged to improve work conditions, increase pay, reduce overtime hours and build a string of giant new manufacturing complexes in inland provinces such as Henan to allow workers to live closer to home.

However, what it promises and what it does are two different things. In October a new report from rights group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) said the  conditions at the Shenzhen factory had not improved and claimed the company still treated
workers as machines.

In a survey of 100 Foxconn workers it found that the promised pay rise had failed to surface and many workers hadn’t even heard about it. 

In June it was also revealed that 00,000 pupils visiting vocational schools in the province of Henan were being forced to work at Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant.

Pupils were informed on the 17th of June that they had to pack their bags to head up north in nine days, by command of the provincial government. If they did not comply they would be booted out of school.