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Latest Foxconn suicide raises concerns about working conditions


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Another Foxconn worker committed suicide over the weekend at the firm’s phone assembly plant  in Zhengzhou, China, according to U.S.-based Chinese workers’ rights organization China Labor Watch (CLW).

The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday, January 6, when 31-year-old Li Min jumped to his death from the factory. CLW posted video showing the aftermath of the suicide. No explanation for why Li Min took his own life have been made public, although he had only been working and living at Foxconn for a little over two months.

Apple HQ suicide victim has been identified


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Tragic death at Apple headquarters was 25-year-old software engineer Edward Mackowiak.
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The tragic death at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop headquarters this week has been identified by police as 25-year-old software engineer Edward Thomas Mackowiak.

Police were called to Apple’s HQ at 8.35am on Wednesday, along with paramedics. Mackowiak was discovered dead in a conference room, reportedly as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators have revealed that “no foul play” was involved, and that this was an “isolated incident.”

‘No foul play’ involved in employee death at Apple HQ


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Our condolences to everyone affected by this tragic story.
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Investigators have deemed yesterday’s shock death of an employee at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop headquarters to be not suspicious, suggesting that it was the result of a suicide.

“After further investigation it appeared there was no foul play and no other individuals were involved,” Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Andrea Urena told the Los Angeles Times. “This appeared to be an isolated incident and no employees or members of the public are at risk.”

After Recent Suicides, Foxconn Stops Forcing Workers From Fraternizing


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Foxconn is notorious for its tough working conditions and labor practices, but the company has started relaxing on some of its strict factory rules after two recent suicides occurred at its Zhengzhou factory last month.

Starting now, Foxconn has decided it will stop forcing workers from fraternizing with one another during work hours. Foxconn’s factories have used a “mute mode” policy with workers that prohibits any conversation that is not relevant to their jobs while in the workshop, but the iPhone-maker has decided it’s probably good for workers’ health to be able to talk to each other.