Manufacturing giant Foxconn still seems unable to hang on to its workers, as reports emerge of yet another employee having fallen to his death from one of the Taiwan-based outfit's factory.
The 21 year-old apparently jumped to his death from the sixth floor of the factory dormitory in Shenzhen, China, to become the latest in a long line of suicides at the plant.
It seems the cunning management plan to get workers to pledge not to commit suicide at work isn't working.
Workers at Foxconn plants often work six 12-hour shifts a week, 98 hours of overtime in a month, and live in dormitories that look and feel like prison blocks. Foxconn was quick to point out that its latest suicide had only done a couple of hours overtime since joining the company less than a month ago.
But the Centre for Research on Multinational Companies and the human rights group Students And Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) have accused Foxconn of treating workers like machines.
Foxconn has previously attempted to end the spate of suicides with the introduction of nets around dormitory buildings and banned equipment such as hairdryers and kettles in case these be used in a suicide attempt. The company even brought in monks to exorcise evil spirits which they believed led to the suicides
Many workers, are paid as little as $5 a day for their long labour, churning out such gizmos as the iPad 2 for wealthy westerners.
Steve Jobs famously denied Foxconn operates a sweatshop,"Foxconn is not a sweatshop,” he said. "They’ve got restaurants and swimming pools… For a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory." He is not believed to have visited the place, however.