A 23-year old Foxconn worker committed suicide at a company-owned apartment in Chengdu, China.
The 23-year old man is said to have jumped off his apartment building. Foxconn, which manufactures products like the iPhone and Xbox 360, was investigated earlier this year following reports of poor working conditions in their factories.
According to police, the man died after jumping from a company owned apartment building. He reportedly had worked at the Foxconn factory since May 2012.
The suicide comes following a recent riot at the same factory in Chengdu last week. It is unknown if the two incidences are related at this time.
"Foxconn is sparing no efforts in co-operating with police and offering help in the investigation," the company was quoted as saying by Focus Taiwan.
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has been in hot water as of late. Apple commissioned a report on Foxconn labor conditions following reports of as many as 10 worker suicides in 2010.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) report discovered that the company forced employees to work long hours in unsafe conditions. The report found that Foxconn made workers work for more than 60 hours a week, a violation of FLA guidelines. Foxconn had since vowed to improve worker conditions at their factories.
However, civil rights groups SumofUs are calling this suicide a clear sign of a lack of improvement at Foxconn. SumOfUs executive director Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman called out Apple, who Foxconn manufactures for, in a recent statement.
"First Apple investigated the issue and promised to treat workers fairly. Then a report came out saying things weren't improving, and might actually be getting worse. Now a worker has committed suicide," said executive director Stinebrickner-Kauffman in a statement.
"If this tragic suicide doesn't wake Apple up to the fact that working conditions are still atrocious in its Chinese factories, then what will? Our members will continue to hold Apple's feet to the fire until workers are treated ethically - meaning workers are paid a living wage and are allowed to form worker-led unions."
Apple did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.
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