Foxconn suicide sparks China probe

String of suicides at electronics manufacturer raises questions about overall working conditions.

    Chinese state media has reported that an employee of electronics giant Foxconn has jumped to his death, the 10th suspected suicide this year at the firm's huge production base in southern China.

    The manufacturer of high-profile products such as Apple iPhones and Intel motherboards, however, says the number of suicides at its plant is much lower than the national average.

    The suicide rate in China is about 12 people per 100,000, according to the health ministry.

    Critics say the Foxconn incidents throw a spotlight on the company's tough labour practices.

    Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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