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Foxconn facing rash of employee suicides

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn recently needed to defend itself against allegations of employee mistreatment following a rash of employee suicides. The Daily News reports that a 24-year-old Foxconn worker named Chu recently threw herself from her rented apartment in Shenzhen, marking the eighth Foxconn employee suicide this year. “We regret to see the recurrence of such incidents,” Foxconn said in statement. According to the article, Foxconn employs roughly 300,000 workers at its Shenzhen complex, where a 24-year-old male worker leaped to his death less than two weeks ago. The company came under fire last year for its employee treatment following the suicide of 25-year-old Sun Danyong, who reportedly lost a prototype iPhone prior to his death. Foxconn is an Apple manufacturing partner on the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac product lines.

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A rate that is 20% of the national average is hardly “a rash”.

Sad though.

Posted by Don on May 13, 2010 at 11:13 AM (CDT)


@Don: Agreed, sad. As you point out Foxxconn has significantly a significantly lower suicide rate than the country as a whole. In fact if the statistics from the World Health Organization are to be believed Foxconn’s suicide rate is lower than that of the United States.

Posted by Rand on May 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM (CDT)



True, but the thing is, Foxconn has been making iProducts & Macs for Apple for years, and we’ve not heard that it got 8 people or so committing suicide annually until this year.

Posted by III on May 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM (CDT)


Man, at what point will the press look for bad junk to pin on Apple?  I mean please.  How about the number of people that are suicidal at my company?  One of the largest in the world.  Does that have any merit?  Seems like a witch-hunt to me.

Posted by sb on May 13, 2010 at 5:02 PM (CDT)


300,000 employees?  Really?

Posted by dick bacon on May 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM (CDT)


its all just a big messy cover up. they mustve been murdered. having over 300,000 workers to pay and “suicides” of 9 people. just another way to get them fired.

Posted by #Simon on May 26, 2010 at 8:19 AM (CDT)

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