Another Foxconn Jumper; 16 suicide attempts in 3 years

Summary:A 23-year-old male worker jumped off a building in Foxconn's Chengdu factory Wednesday (June 13) afternoon, said Chengdu police authority's official Weibo (the Chinese Twitter).Foxconn confirmed a day later the death of the suicidal worker, whose family name was Xie and just joined the company in May, according to Reuters' report.

A 23-year-old male worker jumped off a building in Foxconn's Chengdu factory Wednesday (June 13) afternoon, said Chengdu police authority's official Weibo (the Chinese Twitter).

Foxconn confirmed a day later the death of the suicidal worker, whose family name was Xie and just joined the company in May, according to Reuters' report.

It was the first suicide attempt after Foxconn promised to raise wages by 16-25 percent in February. There had been at least 16 suicide attempts since Ma Xiangqian, a 19-year-old, ended his life in Foxconn's South China training center in Jan 23, 2010.

Foxconn employs more than one million workers in China and had an annual export volume over $111.7bn in 2011. It has been leading the top 200 exporting companies in Chine for the last nine consecutive years. It is also crowned as the biggest "Sweat Factory" in China for its long working hours, low wages, and poor working conditions.

The reasons behind the tragedies were complicated, according to Liu Kaiming, Director of the Shenzhen Contemporary Society Research Institute. Most of them were of 16-19 years old; they stepped into the workforce prematurely and took the overloaded burden from the country and the company before their ages.

Topics: China, IT Employment, Legal

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Liu Jiayi is a Hong Kong-based writer and editor.He produces video stories for Al Jazeera English and Severn News Australia, and also worked as the video editor for the Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012. He is studying under a Master of Journalism Programme at the University of Hong Kong.

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