Foxconn worker commits suicide

  • Foxconn Technology, the main supplier of Apple, said a worker at a Chinese plant jumped from his apartment on Wednesday.

    The 23 year-old worker’s death is the first suicide since the company agreed with its U.S. client to improve work conditions.

    The employee, who had joined the company last month, fell to his death from his apartment located outside the plant in southwestern Chengdu city. Police are investigating his death.

    Apple and Foxconn reached an agreement in March to improve conditions for the 1.2 million workers that assemble iPhones and iPads.

    Foxconn agreed it would hire tens of thousands of new workers to reduce overtime, improve safety standards and upgrade housing and other amenities.

    The move came after Apple, criticized over it's "sweatshop" working conditions at its suppliers in China, agreed to an investigation by the independent Fair Labor Association following a series of suicides among young workers in 2010.