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Latest death at Foxconn confirmed as suicide: report

Latest death at Foxconn confirmed as suicide: report

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) The latest death of a Chinese worker at the Shenzhen complex of Taiwan-registered Foxconn Group has been confirmed as a suicide after an autopsy, according to a Chinese media report Thursday.
The death occurred after a 23-year old threw himself from a building at the factory at 11: 27 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total deaths to 10 in 12 similar incidents this year at Foxconn, the China News Service reported.
Terry Gou, the founder of the group, apologized for the previous nine deaths at a press conference earlier the same day.
Apart from the 10 deaths, two other Chinese workers have been severely injured.
The report said the dead man, surnamed He, stopped breathing as police rushed to the scene. An investigation is under way.
He, who lived in a company dormitory, started working for Foxconn on June 18, 2009.
Critics say the incidents resulted from poor working conditions in the Shenzhen complex, but Gou has repeatedly denied the accusations, saying his company is not running "blood and sweat factories." To assuage public outcry, Foxconn unprecedentedly opened its Shenzhen base to the press Wednesday morning, with Gou personally leading more than 200 reporters on a tour of the complex.
In a Wednesday news conference after the tour, Gou offered an apology, bowing three times to the victims and their families.
Gou has vowed to try his best to protect his employees, saying he has faith that Foxconn will be able to overcome its current hurdles.
The group has launched investigations into the deaths and asked psychologists and sociologists to study the incidents, Gou said.
While Gou said he could not guarantee that similar incidents will not happen again, he said the company -- the world's largest contract electronic component maker -- is determined to assume its corporate responsibility and take care of its employees.
The company employs more than 400,000 people in Shenzhen, with around 300,000 at the compound where the suicides occurred. Company officials have told reporters that with a work force that size, it is inevitable that there will be suicides.
(By Lin Yu-kou and Frances Huang)




Updated : 2020-12-05 19:11 GMT+08:00