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Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:45

Foxconn workers threaten mass suicide

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Human cost of high tech toys


Foxconn is confirming that a group its workers threatened to jump from a factory building on January 2.

A group of about 150 workers staged a demonstration in opposition of plans to reassign them to new production lines. They were apparently employed in a production line churning out components for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in Wuhan, southern China.

The dispute was resolved the same day following talks between the workforce, execs and government officials. It is not clear how many worker threatened suicide. Foxconn got in the news in 2010 after a spate of suicides in its massive factories in southern China. The company went so far to install nets on some dormitories in the plant, to prevent the workers from leaping to their deaths.

Microsoft said the protest was related to staffing assignments and transfer policies and had nothing to do with working conditions. Foxconn also stated that the welfare of employees will remain its top priority.

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0 #1 mrgerbik 2012-01-12 16:08
Globalism at its best. sick.
 
 
-4 #2 flofighter 2012-01-12 17:24
Quoting mrgerbik:
Globalism at its best. sick.


You have probably at least one electronic gagdget which was made at foxconn.sick.
 
 
+1 #3 Haberlandt 2012-01-12 18:13
Wtf is going on in Foxconn?
 
 
0 #4 Allaboutthe$ 2012-01-13 01:03
Gotta love this....

"Microsoft said the protest was related to staffing assignments and transfer policies and had nothing to do with working conditions. Foxconn also stated that the welfare of employees will remain its top priority. "
What else they suppose to say ? LOL.
Greedy corporations . If MS really cared they threaten to pull the plug on Foxconn. never gonna happen.

$$ is more important then people.
 
 
0 #5 takethis 2012-01-13 01:08
Quoting Allaboutthe$:
Gotta love this....

"Microsoft said the protest was related to staffing assignments and transfer policies and had nothing to do with working conditions. Foxconn also stated that the welfare of employees will remain its top priority. "
What else they suppose to say ? LOL.
Greedy corporations . If MS really cared they threaten to pull the plug on Foxconn. never gonna happen.

$$ is more important then people.

Sick.
 
 
+1 #6 Song 2012-01-13 20:22
I heard they only pay their workers $300/month. Then they threaten their workers to work for 120hr/week hard labor for another $300/month or not get paid at all. No vacation, no weekend.
 
 
0 #7 youserzero 2012-01-14 03:37
Quoting Song:
I heard they only pay their workers $300/month. Then they threaten their workers to work for 120hr/week hard labor for another $300/month or not get paid at all. No vacation, no weekend.


I've also read in more than more place that working shifts can be up to 18 hours long.
 
 
0 #8 Song 2012-01-14 05:39
Quoting youserzero:
Quoting Song:
I heard they only pay their workers $300/month. Then they threaten their workers to work for 120hr/week hard labor for another $300/month or not get paid at all. No vacation, no weekend.


I've also read in more than more place that working shifts can be up to 18 hours long.


It's a choice between work to death or starve to death.
 

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