Foxconn has faced a lot of criticism this year as a result of a cluster of suicides at one of its factories. The manufacturing company is said to have installed safety nets to catch jumpers attempting to end their lives. However, it seems even the safety nets are not enough, as Foxconn yesterday confirmed another death at the factory.
The BBC reports that Foxconn Thursday confirmed that a 22-year-old employee had died after falling from a dormitory on Wednesday. The woman is said to have worked in the packaging department. Foxconn did not clarify if the death was the result of a suicide attempt, but said it is investigating.
Foxconn has taken several steps to try and put an end to the suicides. The company raised employee wages twice, brought in counselors, hired monks and exorcists, requested that staff sign no-suicide contracts and installed safety nets. According to the Telegraph, the latest pay raise will bring the basic salary for production-line workers from 900 renminbi ($132.98) per month to 2,000 renminbi ($295.5). Its move to hire counselors was criticized because of the councilor to employee ratio. The Foxconn plant in question employees roughly 800,000 people, and a total of 100 councilors.
What happens if you break it. Oh wait...
It's sad how their employers make them pretty much live their lives inside the confines of the plant.
But in all honesty, 800 000 employees in such a small area could be classified as a city!