BEIJING — A spate of suicides at the world’s largest factory has drawn international criticism of the Chinese manufacturing model, raising new questions about whether low-cost production is worth the potential consequences.
Ten worker suicides this year at Foxconn’s huge electronics factory in Shenzhen have cast a harsh spotlight on factory conditions and the pressures on the young workers who fill the production lines. Though experts have cautioned it is impossible to connect the deaths with factory conditions, the suicides have prompted the Taiwanese-owned company to promise a series of salary increases that might prevent workers from needing to rack up so many hours of overtime.
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