Mass Suicide At Foxconn Barely Avoided

    January 10, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of Apple products and game consoles, has had a rough time with worker suicides and reports of bad employee treatment. Well, it just got worse.

Kotaku is reporting that on January 2, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China threatened to throw themselves off the roof of the building in a mass suicide. The workers manufacture the Xbox 360 console.

According to the Chinese anti-government Web site China Jasmine Revolution, the workers were denied compensation they were promised.

On January 2, the workers reportedly asked for a raise. They were told they could either keep their job with no pay raise or quit and get compensation. Obviously, many quit to get the compensation. The agreement was supposedly terminated and the workers never received their payments.

The mayor of Wuhan was called to the scene to talk the group down. On January 3, the group decided not to jump which ended the whole affair.

Suicides were a major problem in 2010 with Foxconn installing nets to prevent suicides at some of its facilities.

This story brings Foxconn and overworked factory employees in China to the forefront again. In our mad dash to get the latest gadgets and have a steady supply of them, we forget to think about those in other parts of the world that make these devices. Hopefully, better employee treatment practices will soon be implemented so everybody can be happy.

  • citizen2000

    How is this different than “blood diamonds” or other products of the exploitation of workers. Those products have been boycotted and laws have been passed to prevent such exploitation. This Apple supplier has ignored worker safety and had industrial explosions, chemical exposures affecting workers health and now working conditions so bad they might cause mass suicide. Apple and other multi-national corporations are making deals with China that are killing workers.

    Chinese scientist came to the University of Michigan in the 1990’s to study industrial explosions with our faculty and they were supposed to go back to China and work on preventing such explosions. Instead they went back and worked on weapons for China’s military. Read more at http://www.china-threat.com

    • Joseph

      Its Steve Jobs man……”Time” man of the year and even Obama’s man of the year….

      Steve can do no wrong……..

      Americans Chant “Get Off The Roof , We Need The Ipad 3 or our FB will slow”

      On a serious note:: Its horrible!

  • AJ

    What a bunch of pansies. They are complaining even when they have jobs. Let them all jump off the roof. Americans are eager to get back to work.

  • Robert

    Steve Jobs: “So, I can tell you a few things that we know … ummm … and we’re … we’re all over this. FOXCONN is not a sweatshop. You go to this… place and it’s a factory … ahh … but, my gosh, I mean, they’ve got … restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools and I mean it’s a … it’s a … for a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.”


  • Ondrej Limovi

    In reality, those people are asking for same salary structure as those hired from Taiwan/USA. They forgot why all the companies outsource to China to begin with.