The death of a 19-year-old worker at an electronics plant in China on Tuesday has led to questions about the company’s labor practices. This week’s death, already ruled a suicide, makes a total of nine suicides this year at one of two factories owned by Foxconn Technology. The company has about 420,000 employees at its two factories and supplies Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
While the rate of suicides among the company’s employees is far below China’s average of 14 per 100,000 people, the labor conditions at the factories have been widely criticized, The New York Times reports.
Foxconn is known for a military-style efficiency, and recent articles in the Chinese press describe huge workloads, cramped dormitories and meager salaries at its work sites.Related:
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