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Another woman dies at Foxconn plant

2011-09-25 20:45

Beijing - A young woman intern on Sunday fell to her death from a dormitory at a Foxconn plant in China, state media reported, the latest in a string of fatalities involving the technology giant's workers.

The woman slipped and fell from the sixth floor while trying to hang her laundry outside a window at the complex in the central city of Zhengzhou, Xinhua news agency said, quoting local authorities.

Foxconn, which is the largest maker of computer components and assembles products for Apple, including the iPhone, Sony and Nokia, has come under the spotlight after suicides and labour unrest at its massive Chinese plants.

A 21-year-old employee of the Taiwanese firm jumped to his death in July in the southern city of Shenzhen.

At least 13 employees died in apparent suicides last year which activists blamed on tough working conditions and led to calls for better treatment of staff.

Foxconn employs about one million workers in China, about half of them based in its main facility in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

Comments
  • cerveza - 2011-09-25 20:58

    The price of an iPhone seems to outweigh the rights of a human. If only there was an app for compassion

      CTatheist - 2011-09-25 21:13

      In our day lives are traded as cheap commodities.

      cerveza - 2011-09-25 21:53

      @CTatheist - all through history lives are nothing but cheap commodities

      Welleducated - 2011-09-26 08:20

      Goes to show Apple's markups, which is well known in the industry to be inflated (price fixed and overpriced in SA especially by the Core group! And lets' not talk about pathetic supplier support)

      TheRogue - 2011-09-26 11:13

      Published statistics show that in 2007 the US recorded 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. For an employer with 1 million employees, what would you expect as a normal occurrence? 13 last year sounds low. Definitely sensationalist reporting.

  • sabc10 - 2011-09-25 22:21

    Don't buy taiwanese,japanese,swedish and american products. These FIRST WORLD countries treat chinese people like crap.

  • JimBean@24.com - 2011-09-26 06:55

    This report has a confusing title. It leads one to believe that there were circumstances similar to the other deaths, when, all this poor person was doing is hanging up her washing. She wasn't even at the plant. This is "sensational reporting". News 24, find some REAL news...

      buzz - 2011-09-26 10:43

      Or alternatively Jim-Bob, read your news elsewhere...

      JimBean@24.com - 2011-09-26 21:59

      @ Buzz: So, you're happy with rubbish reporting then ? Shame...

  • vessela.hobson - 2011-09-26 13:09

    To be honest, I had a Foxconn MoBo once and I nearly killed myself......imagine working with them every day :S

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