Shenzhen government: management problem to blame for Foxconn deaths

15:38, May 27, 2010      

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The Foxconn suicides are a special problem during a period of rapid industrialization, and the company's management is responsible for a pile-up effect of employees' negative emotions, said Li Ping, spokesman for the Shenzhen Municipal Government on May 26.

On the afternoon of May 26, Wang Rong, secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, along with other city officials, visited the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen to investigate the suicide incidents.

Li Ping said that police are investigating these incidents and will assist the company to prevent further tragedies. The health bureau has sent 30 psychologists to Foxconn. The human resource and social security regulators have probed the contracts, income and working conditions. Shenzhen General Labor Union has also met with high executives of Foxconn Group to give advice on enterprise management and workplace relations.

He said that the government will further promote the improvement of laborers' living conditions and enterprise management, make targeted psychological interventions and help the enterprises' transformation during the financial crisis in order to prevent similar incidents.

Traumatized by the series of tragedies, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, the usually media-shy executive, flew to Shenzhen to show off his plant to around 300 Chinese and foreign reporters in order to repair the image of the manufacturing giant, which makes iPods and other popular gadgets.

He promised the firm would do everything possible to prevent more deaths. Nets were put on buildings to stop people from jumping and about 100 mental health counselors are being trained.

Gou said Foxconn would also adjust salary for employees in two weeks and fund the establishment of a hospital to provide professional therapy for employees.

Gou repeatedly said he felt sorry for the situation. "What I'm the most concerned with is to prevent the same tragedies from happening again."

Another employee of Foxconn Technology Group jumped to death Wednesday night just hours after the company chief promised better welfare. It was the 10th death and 12th fall at the plant in Shenzhen this year. Two Foxconn employees had survived their suicide attempts but sustained severe injuries.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:祁澍文)

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