Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:34pm 11/01/12 | 32 Comments
Following a pay dispute at Foxconn manufacturing plant, located in Wuhan, China, some 300 Xbox 360 assembly line workers allegedly threatened to throw themselves off of the building's roof after being denied a pay rise.
WantChina Times, as spotted by Kotaku (thanks Eurogamer) reports that the workers were offered to remain at their positions with their current wage, or to leave with wage compensation. The majority of workers allegedly chose compensation, however, management then denied said compensation and in protest the workers climbed the roof of the manufacturing plant and threatened to jump off. According to the report, the mayor of Wuhan actually stepped in and helped talk the workers down.
Microsoft recently responded to the report, stating that they take "working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously", and that they 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," added a spokesperson. "Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy."
Eurogamer points out that this isn't the only time Foxconn has had suicidal issues with its employees, prompting the firm to install nets on the sides of its building following a number of jump attempts by employees in 2010.