Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chinese laborers join together in suicide pact to demand better working conditions

The Chinese factory Foxconn has installed nets to catch suicide jumpers to prevent suicide at their worker dormitories.

According to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek , about 300 workers at China's Foxconn manufacturing facility have agreed upon a suicide pact in order to protest poor working conditions at the factory.  The immense industrial campus employs approximately 350,000 to 400,000 laborers, and is responsible for the manufacture of popular electronics such as Microsoft's Xbox and several Apple products, among others.

UPDATE:  According to ZDNet , a major factor in the latest threats of suicide by FoxConn workers was the company's refusal to give severance pay to several workers who demanded higher pay and better working conditions.  FoxConn refused to honor the workers' demands but offered them a resignation with severance, which the manufacturer subsequently refused to pay.  Full article:

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