Suicide-hit Foxconn raises workers' pay

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The Independent Online

The electronics company which owns factories in China where several workers have committed suicide said yesterday that it will increase workers' wages by an average of 20 per cent.

Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese firm which employs about 800,000 workers in China, said the pay rise could help lift morale.

Ten workers have killed themselves and three have attempted suicide at Foxconn's plants in southern China this year. Another worker in northern China also committed suicide this year. The basic salary at the Chinese factories of Foxconn, which makes iPhones and other popular gadgets, including Apple's new iPad device, is about 900 yuan (£90) a month. AP