14 Jan '11, 10am

Foxconn engineer jumps to death in China: media

SHANGHAI : A factory worker apparently jumped to her death after an incident at Taiwan's high-tech giant Foxconn, which has been plagued by a spate of suicides and labour problems, according to state media. Taipei-based Foxconn on Friday said the 25-year-old engineer died last week after falling from her brother's home in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, where the firm runs a massive complex, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The unnamed employee, who had worked for Foxconn since 2005, had "been on sick leave" at the time of her death after factory officials rebuked her for an unspecified reason and said she would lose her job, Hong Kong media reported. Foxconn was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP. Labour rights activists have blamed a string of suicides at Foxconn on tough working conditions, highlighting the difficulties millions ...

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