Another suicide at Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China
On Friday, Foxconn, a Taiwan owned high-tech manufacturing company which has a sizable presence in Shenzhen, China, disclosed that a factory worker jumped to her death.
The worker, who went unnamed, was a 25-year-old engineer who had been with Foxconn since 2005. She had been on sick leave after her management threatened that she would lose her job.
Media accounts in Taiwan reported that the woman was troubled by some sort of mental anguish.
In 2010, there were 13 suicides by Foxconn employees. Large high-tech companies such as Dell Computer, Apple, Sony, and Nokia outsource work to Foxconn which is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer components.
After the 2010 suicides, Foxconn raised employee wages by nearly 70 percent to help alleviate some of the pressure faced by workers.
Labor activists from around the world have been critical of how working conditions at Foxconn contribute to the high level of suicide at its plants.