Foxconn, an Apple manufacturer based in China, has had 11 of their employees commit suicide this year. The factory workers were being urged to sign agreements with the company stating that they will not commit suicide mere hours before the 11th employee killed himself Sunday night, according to AFP.
Days before Apple releases the iPad overseas, a spokeswoman for the corporation has finally released a statement on the situation: “Apple is deeply committed to ensuring that conditions throughout our supply chain are safe and workers are treated with respect and dignity.” The company also claims to be investigating the Foxconn plants to determine what is causing the suicides.
Although the chairman of Foxconn’s Taiwanese parent company Hon Hai Precision, Terry Gou, has released statements denying harsh working conditions are the cause of the suicides, workers are telling a different story. “I feel like I have an empty life and work like a machine,” a 22-year-old female who works for Foxconn told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.