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Suicide at Chinese iPhone factory reignites issue over working conditions

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A US-based China employees’ rights organisation has declared that a factory at a firm that produces Apple’s iPhones in China, died after leaping from a building on Saturday.China Labor Watch(CLW)said that Li Ming, 31, jumped to his death from a building in the city of Zhengzhou, in the east-central Chinese Henan province, where he had been working for Foxconn.The death has actually set off comparisons with a wave of suicides in 2010 and 2011 at Foxconn factories in China in the middle of issues over working conditions.CLW posted video footage that it said revealed Mr Li, who the organisation claimed was working for Foxconn through a firm, lying lifelessly on the ground after his leap. The video, relatively recorded from a neighboring high-rise structure, reveals a body lying in the snowy ground, as 4 people stand nearby.CLW stated that it had spoken to Mr Li’s daddy, however that it was still unclear why he had jumped from the structure. The organisation informed The Telegraph that he had actually been working for Foxconn for 2 months and lived in factory dormitories.Foxconn’s representative did not react to messages requesting for additional details about the incident.C LW’s claim has the potential to reignite controversy surrounding the working conditions of employees at Taiwanese company Foxconn, which is China’s most significant private sector company with a workforce thought to be in excess of 1.2

million.I n 2010 the business was confronted with accusations of requiring its employees to withstand “sweat shop “conditions that resulted in a wave of suicides throughout that year.Following reports of employee suicides the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated:”We are on top of this … Foxconn is not a sweatshop. It’s a factory– but my gosh, they have restaurants and motion picture theatres … however it’s a factory. They’ve had some suicides and attempted suicides– and they have 400,000 people there.

The rate is under exactly what the United States rate is, but it’s still troubling.” In 2011 Foxconn, which likewise produces for Nintendo, Sony and BlackBerry, set up internet outside some of its factory buildings in Shenzhen, in China’s southeast Guangdong province, in an attempt to stop suicide attempts.In January 2012 a group of 150 employees in a Foxconn factory in Wuhan, in the main Hubei province, objected against working conditions by standing on the roof of a factory building and threatening to commit suicide. Apple CEO Tim Cook, center, visits the iPhone assembly line at the newly-built manufacturing center Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park, which uses 120,000 individuals Credit: Apple Corps O ne Wuhan worker, who spoke on condition of privacy, stated that the protest was the outcome of around 600 employees being moved to a brand-new factory

location where conditions were excruciating.”The assembly line ran really quick and after simply one morning all of us had blisters and the skin on our hand was black,”they stated.”The factory was likewise trulychoked with dust and no one could

bear it.”A fter the demonstration a Foxconn spokesperson said: “The well-being of our workers is our leading priority and we are devoted to ensuring that workers are treated relatively.”According to CLW, Zhengzhou, where Mr Li is reported to have died, is where Foxconn makes the Apple X mobile phone, which was released last November.Chinese state media reported that Zhengzhou is where around half of Apple’s iPhones are manufactured. About 350,000 workers reportedly deal with production lines in

the city to make iPhones at a rate of 350 per minute.The Chinese state-controlled newspaper China Daily reported that Foxconn had developed a”

total market chain in counties and towns of Zhengzhou, that include a head office, precision electronics companies, and other branch plants, guaranteeing high efficiency and self-sufficiency”.

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