And The Suicides Continue

And The Suicides Continue

Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world. It’s China-based plants churn out iPods, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, PS2s, PS3s, Wiis and Xbox 360s. And today, another one of its factory workers apparently committed suicide.

Or the 21-year-old fell from his window from Foxconn’s many worker dormitories in Shenzhen, located in Guangdong province in southern China. The company, however, is headquartered in Taiwan.

There have been eight deaths like this during 2010. And days ago, another worker reportedly fell form a seventh-story Foxconn dormitory window. In the past several weeks, 30 individuals have committed suicide at the Shenzhen plant. (It’s important to note that this is lower than the national average.)

Gloomy atmosphere, long lines and people fighting, these photos provide a peak into life inside Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory. Foxconn guards were captured on tape apparently beating up factory workers.

Earlier this spring, another China-based manufacturer, KYE Systems Corp, came under fire for treating its workers like “prisoners”. The company makes, among other things, the control pads for the Xbox 360.

今日凌晨4时 富士康”第十跳”(组图) [网易新闻中心 via M.I.C. Gadget via Gizmodo]


  • WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA all the injustices in the world and I’m here behind my computer screen being a fat idiot typing this shit ………..

  • You can’t really ‘avoid it’. Anything made by the who’s who in Gadgets will probably have come from Foxconn.

    As long as the West wants its cheap gadgets, there’s always going to be a price. Engadget did a great expose on the suicides and while the conditions are physically ‘humane’ and facilities adequate, these workers live very bleak lives.

    Most are in their 20s and go to work here in their hundreds of thousands, hoping to make enough to move out. Yet they essentially sign papers that waive basic human rights and slowly realise they’re not leaving the system. It’s not so much tragic as it is a hopeless situation and Foxconn and the Chinese government should step in and help ease employees transition from Foxconn, to the rest of their lives, or make the work more attractive.

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