Foxconn worker jumps to death from apartment in Chengdu

A 23-year-old man jumped to his death from his apartment building in Chengdu, China, Foxconn announced on Thursday.

A worker at a supplier facility in Chengdu, China.
(Credit: Apple)

According to the manufacturer, the man had been working at Foxconn for one month before his death. The apartment complex is outside of Foxconn's Chengdu plant. Reuters was first to report the news.

Suicides have become an all-too-common occurrence among Foxconn workers over the last few years. According to reports, at least 16 people who work at Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China, have taken their lives since the beginning of 2010.

Earlier this year, 300 workers at a Foxconn factory that makes Xbox consoles threatened the supplier with a mass suicide over a pay dispute. The workers, Foxconn and Microsoft came to a solution of the problem before they took any drastic steps.

Foxconn's Chengdu facility has been a recent source of controversy. Last week, several workers out of China claimed that over 1000 Foxconn workers rioted outside of their off-site dormitory. The rioters reportedly damaged property, and dozens were arrested in the incident. In a statement, Foxconn said that it was "cooperating with local law-enforcement authorities on their investigation into this incident."

Foxconn's troubles with workers prompted Apple earlier this year to bring in the Fair Labor Association to audit the manufacturer's facilities. The FLA found a host of issues with working conditions, including excess overtime and low wages. Foxconn agreed with the FLA to reduce hours and increase pay for its employees.

Police are investigating the 23-year-old man's death. It's currently unknown why he took his life.


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