Worker at Hon Hai's Zhengzhou plant jumps to death: reports

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Worker at Hon Hai's Zhengzhou plant jumps to death: reports

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) A worker at a Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. production site in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, jumped to his death on Jan. 6, according to a Reuters report.

The report cited a statement by U.S-based labor rights advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) as saying a man named Li Ming (李明) jumped to his death from the 12th floor of a dormitory at the Zhengzhou plant.

The CLW statement said it is unknown why Li, 31, took his own life.

However, China-based news website Youth.cn has reported that Li committed suicide after his labor agent failed to pay him money he was owed.

The Zhengzhou compound serves as a major production site where the company assembles iPhones for Apple Inc. It is part of the wider production network operated by Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn in the global market, in China.

Hon Hai currently employs about 1 million workers in its China production plants, rolling out consumer electronics products for many international brands.

The CLW report comes after a small group of interns were reported by the Financial Times in November to be working overtime in the Zhengzhou factory, violating China's labor laws, Reuters said.

Following the Financial Times report, Hon Hai said it took action to improve working conditions and interns will not be allowed to work more than 40 hours a week, the maximum under Chinese law.

According to the Reuters report, Apple and its supplier Hon Hai, have been accused of poor labor practices in the past.

In 2010, more than 10 employees committed suicide by jumping from buildings in Hon Hai's Shenzhen complex so the employer installed safety nets to prevent further deaths.

In 2012, about 150 workers at Hon Hai's Wuhan complex climbed to the top of a building and threatened to commit suicide as a protest against poor working conditions.

(By Mou Tsung-han and Frances Huang)
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