xbox360 workers threaten suicide at Foxconn Plant

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Wow, with all my college stuff going on this piece of news totally slipped by me. On Jan. 2, about 300 employees at a plant belonging to Taiwan-based Foxconn asked their boss for a raise. They were told either quit their positions with compensation or keep their jobs and receive no additional payment. Many workers chose to quit with compensation, but the company terminated the agreement, and none of them were given the money they were promised. These workers, specifically, are the ones that manufacture the xbox360 and these 300 people threatened to commit suicide by jumping off one of the buildings that did not have nets installed.

The group of 300 eventually, with the help of the Mayor, came down and none jumped.

UPDATE:
A Microsoft spokeperson replied to Kotaku with the following comment on the situation at Foxconn:

“Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we are currently investigating this issue. We have a stringent Vendor Code of Conduct that spells out our expectations, and we monitor working conditions closely on an ongoing basis and address issues as they emerge. Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy.”

If you remember (or if you don’t, I don’t care, I’m telling you anyways.) Foxconn factories have been in the news limelight several times the past couple years for having terrible working conditions and dozens of suicides per year. I mean, when you have to install “jump nets” on your buildings then you are trying to slap a band-aid over a missing limb.

Indignant workers threaten suicide at Foxconn park in Wuhan|Society|News|WantChinaTimes.com.

3 thoughts on “xbox360 workers threaten suicide at Foxconn Plant”

  1. So when you combine terrible working conditions with out-sourcing what do you get? The second cheapest console thats on the market today. And even that, one that comes with a multitude of problems that I’ve never had on my playstation. I mean come on now, the 360 makes more sales on their games, their consoles and the users of xbox live than sony could ever dream of. But at what cost? Hearing news about the treatment of the workers that produce these products? Or the xbox live support that never lets you access anything on your account with making you jump through hoops the get it deactivated so your checking account doesn’t overdraw again. But that was just me and my opinion.

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