Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn on Wednesday confirmed the death of another employee but denied he died of exhaustion following a spate of suicides at its Chinese plants.
Yan Li, 27, died on Friday after working the night shift for more than a month at a Foxconn plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, China Labour Watch said, citing Yan’s sister, and adding that he was killed by exhaustion.
“We have reviewed this matter and while we cannot speculate the specific cause of death, we have found nothing to support any allegation that it was work-related,” a spokesman for Foxconn said in a statement.
“We have met with Yan and expressed our condolences and as a compassionate gesture have provided a level of support to assist her at this very difficult time.”
Foxconn, which makes a range of top-selling products including Apple iPhones, Dell computers and Nokia mobile phones, said earlier Wednesday it was raising the pay of its Chinese assembly line workers by 30 percent.
Ten workers at the giant Foxconn plant in Shenzhen have fallen to their deaths in apparent suicides this year. An 11th worker died at another factory in northern China.
The deaths have raised questions about the conditions for millions of factory workers in China, especially at Foxconn, where the activists say long hours, low pay and high pressure are the norm.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Tuesday defended conditions at Foxconn, saying it was “not a sweatshop”.
“You go in this place and it’s a factory but, my gosh, they’ve got restaurants and movie theatres and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it’s pretty nice,” Jobs said during an All Things Digital conference in the southern California coastal town of Rancho Palos Verdes.