Foxconn Worker Jumps From Apartment, Ends Suicide Lull
Foxconn vowed to hired thousands to workers to ease the burden of overtime hours, and also said it would put in place various safety measures and improve housing. All this, along with higher wages, came about after an investigation by the independent Fair Labor Association, Reuters says.
Foxconn workers at a factory in Shenzhen (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Over a million people work at Foxconn, otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision. The less than ideal working conditions and employee suicides have cast a cloud over the obsession with hot tech gear and the amount of people power required to meet demand. It's also led to Foxconn employees using the threat of suicide as a bargaining chip, such was the case when more than 300 workers stood on a building ready to jump due to a dispute over promised compensation.