And Another Foxconn Worker Dies

Foxconn is famous for two things: manufacturing electronics (the PS3, the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360 and the iPhone) and having employees that commit suicide. This year, 12 Foxconn workers have taken their own lives.

A 22-year-old female worker from Jiangsu Province has fallen to her death this week at the company's Kunshan factory. Foxconn has confirmed the incident, and police are investigating whether the death was accidental or intentional. If it was suicide, that would bring the total to 13 workers this year.

The worker began working at Foxconn's Kunshan factory this past March. She fell into the safety nets surrounding the dormitory, but did not survive the fall.

This year, a couple of workers have died due to accidents, including one who apparently died of overwork. Foxconn also accidentally poisoned 250 of its workers while spraying for insects.

Foxconn says these suicides are unrelated to the work conditions at its factories. However, there have been reports of long hours and even mistreatment by management. The number of Foxconn suicides falls below the national average.

At its Shenzhen plant, Foxconn has increased salaries from US$130 to $US175 a month and has also offered a 66 per cent performance-based raise. The increase in salaries has made Foxconn look to relocating plants to China's interior, where wages are lower. The company is also considering increasing automation in its production line and might have to increase the manufacturing fees it charges companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

Not to make light of this woman's death, but isn't it incredibly sad that Foxconn makes better game consoles than safety nets?

Foxconn suicide jump return - part II [M.I.C. Gadget via Gizmodo]


    The worker fell into a safety net designed to prevent suicides but somehow didn't survive the fall anyways, WTF.

      It's more 'reduce the chance of death' than 'prevent' They aren't at all perfect, just better than nothing.

    Have written this letter to Microsoft. Will be writing to the other companies too.

    "I'll keep this as brief as possible.

    I've lately feel compelled to voice my concern about what is happening at Foxconn.

    I realise that the suicide rate is "below the country's average" and that the working conditions are marginally better than most factories in China, but I still find them appauling.

    I believe that Nintendo, Sony, Nokia, Apple, Dell and HP have made inquries (who I shall also ask of their findings) but wondering what MS have done about this matter. Since your products are made there, I believe your company has to have some sort of accountability.

    These are people's lives we are talking about & I don't mind paying more for your products, knowing that they are well treated."

      Don't bother writing one to Steve Jobs, he'll just tell you it's not a concerning issue and you should go back to buying his products like a mindless zombie.

        No-one who reads these Foxconn reports on Kotaku will stop buying any of the products they make like mindless zombies. People will act disgusted and unhappy with the situation but they will still go out and buy that new release console exclusive next week without a thought to what the cost to these people's lives was.

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