Foxconn, a company that manufactures electronics for IT heavyweights such as HP, Apple, and Dell, has ordered factory workers to sign a letter agreeing not to harm themselves and agreeing to be institutionalised if they appear in an abnormal state.
The move comes after a ninth factory worker committed suicide within a twelve month period. The company has also installed nets and is patrolling the roofs of factories.
Workers at the plants say they work long hours under harsh conditions. Nonetheless, the factories receive thousands of applicants daily. Some of the workers are refusing to sign, fearing they could be institutionalised for standing up to a superior.