I see they\’re still trotting out the suicide nonsense:
Wang Ling was 25 years old when she ended her life on 7 January 2011 by jumping from her brother\’s high-rise flat, days after being dismissed from her job as an engineer at Foxconn\’s Longhua factory. An employee of over six years\’ standing, she had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
It would be easy to dismiss Wang Ling\’s case as a tragic exception, were it not for the fact that she was the 15th Foxconn employee reported to have committed suicide since the beginning of 2010. There have been at least two since.
Yes, 17 suicides is 17 tragedies.
However, the firm has over 1 million workers. In a country where the average suicide rate across the whole population is 20-22 per 100,000 per year.
17 per million over two years, 20 per 100,000 per year.
There are a number of qualifications one can make to these suicide numbers it is still extraordinarily hard to make the case that this rate shows that conditions in Foxconn are worse than conditions in China generally.