Thu, August 19, 2010

Foxconn suicide cluster

Another day, another death at Foxconn

Group employee died late last night after apparently jumping from a building at the company's plant in Shenzhen, the 10th such death in the city this year, the company said. Full story

BACKGROUND

About Foxconn

Shenzhen-based Foxconn's company profile on its website says it's the world's top electronics manufacturer with more than 600,000 employees and ranked 109 among the Fortune 500 companies in 2009.

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