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Foxconn Chengdu worker commits suicide

updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri May 27, 2011

Compounds tragedies at iPad assembly facility

A man working at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu, China has committed suicide, reports say. Although few other details are available, the person is remarked to have jumped off the roof of his apartment building. The fall is the 16th by a Foxconn worker since January 2010, and the 14th resulting in death. Company chairman Terry Guo comments that he has been busy for the past two days, and doesn't know the full details of the suicide.

The problem, Guo explains, is that the dead man was receiving rent assistance to live off-campus, part of a new initiative. Like a lot of Chinese manufacturers Foxconn normally maintains living quarters for its employees, a necessity because of the vast numbers of people coming from rural China to look for work. Pay and working conditions have often been described as terrible, though, and sometimes blamed for the suicides.

The Chengdu facility is notable for concentrating on Apple iPad production, and is one of the few Foxconn plants oriented toward a single company, much less a single product. The suicide will likely only worsen misery at the factory, which last Friday was hit by an explosion that killed three people and injured many others. Most iPads are assembled at Foxconn's central Shenzhen campus though, which if nothing else should leave iPad supplies relatively unaffected.




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  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Enough!

    Foxconn has literally millions of employees. We don't need a story every time one of them kills themselves. If you live in a city of a million people, woud you want to see a story every day saying "Resident commits suicide?" How's that any more news than "Resident/Foxconn worker divorces wife of 20 years?"

    MacNN, just stop posting these stories. Or do some real work and once in a while post a story comparing the suicide rate of Foxconn employees with the overall suicide rate in China.

  1. t_c

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    re:enough


    ditto. I would slag them about the 'Or do some real work...' but the overall suide rates would be part of the story. No different than all the reporting about French Telecom suicides.

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not News

    This is like saying, "someone in Texas committed suicide."

    While it's a sad thing to lose a life, a suicide rate of .001% (yeah, I made that up) is hardly news. Let's read this as 99.999% of FoxCon employees value their life beyond their employment situation.

  1. Lebensmuede

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    No-Brainer

    I'd kill myself too if I spent all day making a product I knew I'd never be able to afford for myself or my family living in rural China.

  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Death with Honor?

    I couldn't agree more with the fact that the media (that's you, believe it or not) continues to focus on Chinese suicides. Perhaps if you weren't so lazy, you might actually try to focus on news that has news worthy consequences or ramifications, instead of this sensationalism. I.e., YOU SUCK!

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011

    -1

    Re: Not News

    No, it would be like saying someone in Texas committed suicide if this hadn't happened before. However, it looks more like a trend over there as many people at Foxcon have been taking their lives. You don't usually see 5+ suicides at the same place of business, at least not from what is reported.

    Maybe the journalists should look at the bigger picture of suicide in China and see if this is out of the norm or if these factory workers are really killing themselves because they have been relegated to manufacturing overpriced iToys.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: Not News

    There are over 100,000 workers at the Chengdu plant. The problem with this article is that it doesn't actually say why he committed suicide and as far as we can tell, no-one does. The assumption has been made that it's due to working conditions, it could have been jilted love, loss of family, could have been fear over gambling debts, he was being bullied or just pure loneliness, there are so many reasons that to immediately say it's because of work and living conditions is absurd.

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