According to a new press release by China Labor Watch, another Foxconn employee from their Zhengzhou factory where Apple's iPhone is assembled jumped off a building to his death last Tuesday. The news that was officially made public hours ago stated that this was the third employee from the same factory to have fatally jumped off of buildings in the span of the last 20 days.
The reasons for these suicides are yet unclear. Some estimate them to be related to the new "silence mode" policy at Zhengzhou in which workers are purportedly threatened with termination if they talk on the job.
The China Labor Watch also made public this week that on May 15, 2013, a female worker at Samsung's Huizhou factory jumped off the seventh floor of a building.
Apple has begun splitting their orders for iDevices between Hon Hai's Foxconn and Pegatron. The sheer numbers of suicides that have occurred at Foxconn factories over the last few years definitely reflects poorly on Foxconn's working and/or living conditions at these factories. Despite Apple's CEO visiting the Foxconn factory to discuss working conditions, the suicides persist. Apple should continue to shift more work to Pegatron and other suppliers until Foxconn focuses on employee conditions rather than employing more robots to replace their workforce.
As someone who supports Apple and their products, this never ending news of factory workers committing suicide at Foxconn Factories sickens me. If you agree or disagree, send in your comments.
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