Inquiry Into Deaths at Foxconn Will Be Released to Public, Chinese Official Says

From Reuters:

China will publish the results of an official investigation into recent suicides at the giant manufacturing complex of the electronics maker in southern China, a Chinese labor affairs official said over the weekend.

Zhang Xiaojian, a vice minister of human resources and social security, also said a burst of strikes in foreign-owned factories in the nation’s southern export zone did not amount to a “wave” of unrest, the Beijing News reported Sunday.

A string of 10 suicides this year at the Foxconn complex has brought intense scrutiny of Hon Hai Precision Industry of Taiwan, the owner of Foxconn, which makes the iPhone and other products for Apple and also counts Hewlett-Packard among its clients.

Mr. Zhang said the results of a government investigation into the suicides would eventually be “released to the public.”

He indicated that the government was not treating the suicides as simply the reflection of stressful work conditions at the Foxconn plants near Shenzhen, the southern Chinese manufacturing hub where Foxconn has about 400,000 employees.

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