Archive for May 21st, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

An (apparently) Unintentioned Fall

Update (17:50 GMT): if it counts as a Foxconn Fall, too, Mr Wu’s (see this post, further below) may actually be the 11th “leap” (第11跳), according to CNA.

A logistics worker, Nan Gang, aged 21, reportedly leapt to his death Friday from a building in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen – the ninth (apparent) suicide this year at the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, state-run media reported. Taiwanese company Foxconn (富士康公司), a supplier of several Western companies such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard, has recently faced criticism over the welfare of its employees after the spate of apparent suicides, but the latest – apparently tenth – case of an employee (or employee-soon) falling to injury or death doesn’t look like suicide. A man named Wu, aged 24, from Shantou, fell to death from his dormitory building at Guangdong University of Technology (广东工业大学) on Friday morning, shortly after 4 am local time, after having had too many drinks. He was scheduled to graduate this year and had reportedly signed a working contract with Foxconn about a month ago.

Two employees who fell or jumped from buildings before had reportedly survived their falls. Wu’s case, first reported by Southern Daily (南方日报), was republished online by Enorth (北方网, Tianjin).

In 2006, Foxconn had allegedly stifled unfavorable reporting about its record as an employer in Southern China with defamation lawsuits in Shenzhen. Labor rights groups have called some of the deaths suspicious and asked for an independent investigation of the two massive Foxconn factory sites, which together employ about 420,000 workers in Shenzhen, China.

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Related
Taiwan’s Personal Data Protection Act, View from Taiwan, April 29, 2010
Lee Teng-hui: ECFA first Step in Annexation, April 18, 2010
Labor Dispute in Suzhou Industrial Park, January 16, 2010
Red Flag Review Car, wo buy ni, October 24, 2009
Foxconn, Wikipedia

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