January 11, 2012
300 staff at an Xbox 360 manufacturing plant have threatened to commit mass suicide following disruptions on wage demands.
Staff at the Chinese manufacturing firm Foxconn, who count HP, Dell, Sharp and Samsung among clients, have threatened to commit mass suicide if wage demands aren’t met, stating the world’s largest maker of electronic components has failed to provide wages owed, according to the Daily Mail.
Members of the campaign group China Jasmine Revolution and staff in a Microsoft Xbox 360 manufacturing plant stated they would throw themselves off the plant’s roof after Foxconn allegedly dishonoured a wage agreement following a dispute on 2 January.
Foxconn presented employees in the dispute with the option to quit with one month’s compensation awarded for each year with the plant or return to work. While a number of employees quit, Foxconn is alleged to have dishonoured the agreement and awarded former employees nothing.
300 members of staff staged a protest on the roof of the Microsoft components manufacturing plant on 3 January, with Wuhan mayor Tang Liangzhi walking employees from the roof’s edge
until 2100 when workers agreed to return to work.
A spokesperson from Microsoft commented to CBS Seattle: “Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we are currently investigating this issue.”
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