23-Year-Old Becomes Latest Foxconn Worker To Commit Suicide

23-Year-Old Becomes Latest Foxconn Worker To Commit Suicide

Worker suicides are still a problem for Foxconn.

Foxconn has confirmed that a 23-year-old worker committed suicide this week by jumping from his apartment in the southwestern city of Chengdu. The worker only began his employment with Foxconn last month. Police are investigating the death.

Although Foxconn suicides are nothing new — several were reported back in 2010, while three employees died in a factory explosion last year — this is the first since Foxconn pledged to improve the working conditions at its Chinese plants following scrutiny from the media and worker rights groups.

After a Fair Labor Association report uncovered wide-scale violations of several worker rights earlier this year, Foxconn has already hired tens of thousands of new workers to reduce employee overtime, improved its safety protocols, upgraded worker housing, and issued pay increases. The company is now working with Apple to make its factories a better place to work for the 1.2 million workers it employs.

However, there is still concern from activists that the company isn’t doing enough. Back in May, labor watchdog Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior said that “nothing’s changed” at Foxconn’s factories, and that “the frontline management continue to impose humiliating disciplinary measures on workers.”

Earlier this month, over 1,000 workers began rioting over what was described as a “minor” incident in a Foxconn canteen.

Foxconn is one of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partners, assembling almost all of its products, including its incredibly popular iOS devices.

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  • Tim Meesseman

    Why do we keep reporting on Foxconn suicides? There are so many people that work there, some people are statistically going to commit suicide. 10 people work where I am employed. If one person commits suicide, that doesn’t mean everyone should freak out because we have a 10% suicide rate.

  • idiocynic

    I don’t know why people continued to link this company and it’s woes exclusively with Apple. Foxconn also does manufacturing for all these other tech companies…

    Acer Inc. (Taiwan) 
    Amazon.com (United States) 
    In 2011, Amazon and Foxconn formed a joint-design manufacturing company. The move was meant to produce an Amazon branded smartphone sometime in 2012. 
    Apple Inc. (United States) 
    ASRock (Taiwan) 
    Asus (Taiwan) 
    Barnes & Noble (United States) 
    Cisco (United States) 
    Dell (United States) 
    EVGA Corporation (United States) 
    Hewlett-Packard (United States) 
    Intel (United States) 
    IBM (United States) 
    Lenovo (China) 
    Logitech (Switzerland) 
    Microsoft (United States) 
    MSI (Taiwan) 
    Motorola (United States) 
    Netgear (United States) 
    Nintendo (Japan) 
    Nokia (Finland) 
    Panasonic (Japan) 
    Philips (Netherlands) 
    Samsung (South Korea) 
    Sharp (Japan) 
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden) 
    Toshiba (Japan) 
    Vizio (United States)
  • Peter Neill

    Foxconn employs 1.2 million people, so its a FACT (a sad one) that there will be suicides of people who work there.

    The chinese yearly average rate of suicide is 22.23 people per 100,000.
    For Foxconn to be higher than the average they would need more than 267 people to commit suicide every year.
    They had 5 suicides in 2011,  15 in 2010.    Both years are well under the national average.  There is a not an issue where more Foxconn people commit suicide than others, I think its more likely a sh** storm created by apple market rivals..
    Finally, to be clear, suicide is a terrible thing, I just want to point out the glaring issue with Foxconn Gate!
  • VGISoftware

    Sad, smchmad. People who commit suicide are psychotic idiot losers. They’re doing us a favor. We had a few of these jokers in Navy boot camp, which was a walk in the park. It was like summer camp and kinda fun, actually.

  • AramisTho

    Because media are retarded… Apple is the most famous company… if any news related to Apple they will post it. Because they want to attract readers. Oh ya… the author also retarded anyway…

  • Rafael David González

    This person committed suicide by “jumping from his apartment in the southwestern city of Chengdu.”  If the suicide had happened while he was AT WORK, I could understand that it would get reported.  But how does anyone know that this suicide has anything to do with his job?  Maybe he caught his wife cheating on him!  Why don’t we start reporting every time a Walgreens employee commits suicide too??  I hate that this even makes the news, it gives Foxconn a bad name, and of course, Foxconn is very much associated with Apple.  Enough about Foxconn… Apple has gone above and beyond the call of duty already to make sure employees are happy there.

  • Patrick M Phillips

    Foxconn employs 1.2 million people, so its a FACT (a sad one) that there will be suicides of people who work there.

    The chinese yearly average rate of suicide is 22.23 people per 100,000.
    For Foxconn to be higher than the average they would need more than 267 people to commit suicide every year.
    They had 5 suicides in 2011,  15 in 2010.    Both years are well under the national average.  There is a not an issue where more Foxconn people commit suicide than others, I think its more likely a sh** storm created by apple market rivals..
    Finally, to be clear, suicide is a terrible thing, I just want to point out the glaring issue with Foxconn Gate!

    In other words, Foxconn’s suicide rate in 2011 was only 1.9% of the national average. The headline should therefore actually be, “Why Are Foxconn Workers So Much HAPPIER Than Their Peers?”

    I’m so fucking tired of agenda driven organizations doing everything in their power to thwart progress, work, and opportunity by completely misrepresenting REALITY!
  • HerbalEd

    Sad, smchmad. People who commit suicide are psychotic idiot losers. They’re doing us a favor. We had a few of these jokers in Navy boot camp, which was a walk in the park. It was like summer camp and kinda fun, actually.

    You’re the real loser here. You better pray that you don’t someday have a neurophysiological brain-chemistry disorder that puts you into uncontrollable depression, which is a major cause of suicide. Although it might give you some much needed compassion.

  • HerbalEd

    Why do you keep reporting on this issue? If you can’t resist posting such, at least inform you readers how the suicide rate at Foxconn is way, way lower than China’s national rate of suicide …. and also mention the many other tech companies whose products are made by Foxconn. 

    While one suicide is one too many, Foxconn could actually boast about what a very low suicide rate it has.
  • jschaff

    This worker had only been at Foxconn for one month. You can hardly say that Foxconn is responsible for this death. Surely not long enough time there for the company to have ” tortured” this person into suicide without other contributing factors.

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