Yet another suicide and disruption at Foxconn (key manufacturer for Apple, HP and Dell) factories in China.

( 2011 01 18

A WOMAN employee at electronics maker Foxconn jumped to her death in south China’s Shenzhen City, People’s Daily reported yesterday.

The 25-year-old female engineer, who was not named, jumped from the 10th floor of the building where she lived in Yantian District in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province on January 7, the paper said.

Foxconn said the woman joined its factory in Shenzhen’s Longhua town in 2005. She was on sick leave when she jumped from the building.

Earlier, Hong Kong media said the woman was on leave after she had been scolded by her supervisor and ordered to quit.

The suicide is this year’s first such incident involving a Foxconn employee.

Last year, a total of 10 young migrant workers jumped to their deaths at Foxconn’s Longhua factory.

Foxconn hires around 450,000 workers at the Longhua factory, most of them migrant workers from inland provinces.

A key manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and iPads and computer gadgets for other global tech giants such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, Foxconn raised workers’ wages, improved working conditions and reduced overtime hours after it came under fire due to the spate of suicides.

Some employees accused the factory of treating them like nonpersons, according to previous reports.

Foxconn built a factory in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan Province, last August to improve working conditions and reduce costs and ensure workers could be employed closer to their hometowns.

Elsewhere, ‘a large conflict’ broke out at the Foxconn facility in Chengdu leaving two employees injured.

As Apple CEO Steve Jobs goes on sick leave, No Sweat wish him well but would also like to remind him that the workers making his products are people too and urge him to think long and hard about the contractors he engages – if he actually cares.


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