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Foxconn workers in Wuhan threaten to jump over wages

updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

Foxconn central China plant sees protest

Foxconn saw a return to protests Friday after about 200 workers in the central China city of Wuhan threatened to jump off a roof in protest over working conditions. The details relayed to Reuters from the Information Centre for Human Rights framed the dispute as one over "workplace adjustments" for newcomers. One concern had been sub-par wages.

It had already been resolved after Foxconn's human resource and legal teams, as well as local police, got involved.

What's produced at the Wuhan plant isn't clear. Despite attempts by Reuters to link the story to Apple, most of Apple's production is in Shenzhen, in southern China, as well as in Chengdu, 712 miles away from Wuhan. While Apple's production is diversifying as it needs to scale, Foxconn is also responsible for producing devices for Dell, HP, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony, and others.

The last incidence of a threatened jump over labor conditions was at a plant producing Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Foxconn's latest crisis still underscores ongoing problems with fair conditions. Public scrutiny and pressure from Apple-requested audits has seen it more publicly committed to improving wages and reducing pressure for overtime, but workers have complained that they haven't seen some pre-audit promises of improved wages.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pay us more or we will kill ourselves

    Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?

    Oh wait, it would probably get you fired right after you got off the roof. Who are the brainiacs that come up with these strategies?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You are driving BMWs and live in 6,000 sq ft houses? Give me those things or I will jump.

    It will only get worse. Give them an inch and they want a mile.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Oh

    Yeah, don't give them decent wages or anything they want! Otherwise they'll just want more!

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Culture Difference?

    Interesting that there was a report yesterday about a threatened strike at the Brazil Foxconn plant, which is considerably less drastic than mass suicide.

    Is this a case of cultural difference? Or are conditions in rural China (where I assume these "new" workers came from originally) THAT much worse? Would Brazilian workers ever contemplate a mass suicide protest, over anything?

  1. nostrademas

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Culture +

    China has the highest suicide rate in the world, so while it's clearly not "part of their culture" to commit suicide, both the conditions in which people live and the fact that it is relatively prevalent mean that it is contemplated as an action far more than say European or North American countries.

    The factory conditions at Foxconn are, for China, quite good. But most people in Europe and the US have never set foot inside a factory of any sort so wouldn't know the difference between good and bad in a wealthy nation never mind a developing economy.

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