Foxconn worker commits suicide in Chengdu

A worker at a supplier facility in Chengdu, China.
A worker at a supplier facility in Chengdu, China.
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(CNET) A 23-year-old man jumped to his death from his apartment building in Chengdu, China Foxconn announced Thursday.

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Foxconn manufactures over 50 percent of the world's electronics. The factory's client list includes corporations like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung.

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

Suicides have become an all-too-common occurrence across Foxconn factories over the last few years. In 2009, a man working on iPhones in a Foxconn plant committed suicide. According to reports, at least 16 workers have taken their lives since the beginning of 2010 at Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China.

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 to the problem before they took that drastic step.

Foxconn's Chengdu facility has been a recent source of controversy. Last week, several workers out of China claimed over 1,000 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 partner with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) 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 currently investigating the 23-year-old man's death. It's not currently known why he took his life.

Foxconn did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

This article first appeared at CNET with the headline "Foxconn worker jumps to death from apartment in Chengdu."

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