HONG KONG (Reuters) - A worker has committed suicide at Foxconn Technology Group’s south China manufacturing complex, the company said on Friday, the latest in a string of young migrant workers who have died at its factories this year.
A key manufacturer of iPhones and iPads for Apple and computer gadgets for other global brands like Hewlett Packard and Dell, the company said the 23-year-old male employee was found dead early on Friday outside a dormitory.
“The police are carrying out an investigation into this matter and Foxconn is cooperating fully with that process,” it said in a statement. “We have expressed our condolences to the family of the deceased employee.”
Labour rights groups say there have been at least 13 suicides at Foxconn’s factories across China this year, not including Friday’s death. China’s official Xinhua news agency had reported earlier that the employee had fallen to his death.
Many of those were young migrant workers, among the millions who leave China’s poor hinterlands for the booming factory towns of coastal areas in search of work and higher wages.
The deaths threw an awkward spotlight on Foxconn’s labor practices, which counts Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and Foxconn International Holdings as its listed subsidiaries.
Since then, the company, which employs close to a million workers in China, has pledged to improve work conditions, increase pay, reduce overtime hours and build a string of giant new manufacturing complexes in inland provinces such as Henan to allow workers to live closer to home.
Reporting by James Pomfret and Kelvin Soh in Hong Kong, Huang Yan in Beijing; Editing by Chris Lewis