Mass suicide by Foxconn workers narrowly averted
It seems as though the problems at Foxconn’s gadget-making factory in China haven’t gone away, and a recent mass suicide was averted at the last minute, with 300 workers persuaded not to jump as they stood on the edge of the building instrad of making Xbox 360s. Foxconn have previously installed anti-suicide nets around the edge of the building, but we’re guessing that they wouldn’t be all that effective if 300 people plunge through them at once.
The ultimate protest happened recently after workers’ requests for a pay rise was rebuffed and they were told that they could quite with compensation or stay in their jobs on the same money. Those who quit reportedly returned for the mass suicide attempt once the promised compensation failed to materialise. Foxconn, who employ a staggering 400,000 people, closed down the factory to deal with the protest, which apparently ended peacefully.
As well as Xbox 360s, Foxconn employees work tirelessly to make gadgets and gizmos for Apple, Amazon, Nintendo, Dell and Sony in a walled factory campus in Shenzhen. Dear readers, does it bother you that the beautiful gadgets that you lovingly prize are crafted by people who regularly feel compelled to take their own lives? Or are you not arsed? Your thoughts would be welcomed in the box below.