Monday, October 15, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Foxlink employee’s death blamed on drug abuse

The death of a worker at a Foxlink in the city of Dongguan has spurred a lot of controversy. Foxlink is an Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) supplier based in China. The Foxlink factories provide the cable connectors to the iPhone. A worker jumped to his death on Friday, with the family alleging that it was because of the harsh working conditions he had been subject to, and Foxlink stating that he was a drug user, and that the substance abuse was the cause of his suicide. He Chang, the man in question, commited suicide on the 29th of September by falling from the building which housed the factory.

He Chang’s family member have been blaming it on Foxlink, saying that the management of the factory had refused to give him a leave of a mere three days to attend a family gathering. The family members are sure that it was suicide, and are demanding compensation for his loss from the management at Foxlink. The company denied having refused to the leave, however. They went on to state that the cause of the death was yet to be known to everyone, and they strongly hinted towards his use of drugs. They said that He Chang was a drug-abuser, who used drugs of psychotropic nature, which had probably lead to his fall, and consequently, his death. This statement was given by Fugang Electronics, who runs the Foxlink Factory.

Upon Chang’s death, his family members had held a demonstration in front of the factory, explicity stating that the management had lead to Chang’s death. The video of the demonstration has been put up on the web. However, the police subdued them immediately. The family had demanded for about 1.2 million yuan as compensation for Chang’s death and Chang’s sister had stated that the company was trying to bring the price down to about 40,000 to 50,000 yuan. Despite being ill, Chang was giving in fourteen to fifteen hours of work everyday at the factory.

The family has now stated that the company has come to a settlement, but they refused to comment upon the alleged drug use by He Chang. 

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