Mass Suicide Threat at Xbox 360 Factory
The manufacturer of electronics, Foxconn, has come under fire as there was a mass suicide threat from employees at an Xbox 360 factory in China.
Over 300 employees threatened to jump off a building in Wuhan, China over unemployment compensation which was never granted. The workers in the factory demanded a pay rise but were told that they would not receive or raise. Instead, they could leave the company and claim their compensation payment.
The workers didn’t receive their payments as many decided to quit. This sparked outrage among the factory employees and threats of death until the Mayor of Wuhan talked them down.
According to the site, Record China, production of the consoles had stopped for a short while during the revolt. Foxconn were heavily criticised for having suicides in 2010 related to their Apple factories. Kotaku reached out to Microsoft and this was their reply:
“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.”