Foxconn installs anti-suicide nets at factories
Taiwanese electronics giant, Hon Hai Precision Industry Company aka Foxconn, is installing "anti-jumping nets" at many of its facilities throughout mainland China in a bid to stop potential suicides. It has been widely-reported that a number of workers had attempted suicides, leaving 10 dead. Grim.
According to the article in Xinhua’s International Herald Leader, safety nets have been put in place on almost all Foxconn buildings as they try to prevent workers from jumping off roofs at the company's mobile phone plant in the city of Langfang. Foxconn have declined to comment.
The suicides saw Foxconn coming in for intense scrutiny and many began to question the management methods and working conditions. The company raised monthly pay for assembly workers considerably, but stated that this was nothing to do with the suicides. Of course, Foxconn assemble almost 70% of iPhones and iPads for Apple which has seen Steve Jobs coming under fire from the media.