Chinese Foxconn workers protest wages, threaten to jump off roof

“Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Foxconn, Apple Inc’s main manufacturer, threatened to jump off the roof of a building in a protest over wages just a month after the two firms announced a landmark agreement on improving working conditions,” Reuters reports.

“The protest happened in the central city of Wuhan at one of Foxconn’s plants,” Reuters reports. “It involved some 200 workers, the Hong-Kong based activist group Information Centre for Human Rights said.”

Reuters reports, “A spokesman for Hon Hai Precision Industry, the listed unit of the Foxconn group, said the protest concerned workplace adjustments and involved workers new to the plant. He said it was not a strike. ‘The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government,’ the Taipei-based spokesman, Simon Tsing, said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The robots can’t come online quickly enough.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JayinDC” for the heads up.]

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  1. By all means, let them jump off the roof. Come on down, asswipes, jump! Let me film it for Entertainment Tonight. You low class scum intimidators trying to blackmail an US company that does not employ you.

    After we scrape you guts off the fence and pavement, we’ll send a bill to your family to pay.

      1. Great Point MDN. Robots, ah robots. I love them. They will hopefully one day put an end to Union SCUM and Liberals destroying the economy and all that is great every chance they get.

        Just wait they will want to tax the robot, fight for the robot to be paid a “fair” wage, and more. These lefties are full on LUNATICS!!!!!!!!!

        Robots will hopefully completely ruin their end run at communism!!!!

        1. And I call perkele on that. Bring in robots, kill off jobs, jobless buy more guns and go postal, crime rate rises, jobless get jobs as hired guns at prisons, more people get killed, end of jobless “problem.” Mitt must be giddy with joy at the outcome, nation becomes white as a bleached pair of undershorts, women become objects to be sold at slave auctions, every white guy is suddenly as rich as a Saudi prince, wow, what a dystopian future Mr. Suomenmies has for the US. A regular Adolf Hitler it seems.


            Robots would be the best thing ever to happen to replace Union Scum!!!!!!

            You see commies we know your wet dream is to corral us all up and force us all to do whatever the chosen few of you tell us to do.

            Go To Helllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Oh horseshit. I don’t remember any stories of threatened suicides in America’s labor strife. Threatening suicide is a total load of crap. Let ’em jump.

  2. “Negotiations” With personnel and local government officials. I bet that was fruitful. Personnel to fire them. Government officals to escort them off the premises and offer them free lodging for a few nights.

  3. Obviously as the story originates from Reuters, it’s obligatory to talk about Apple, but we’re these workers actually working on Apple products ?

    Foxcon make stuff for many companies and when there was previously a story about Foxcon workers threatening to jump, it was invariably reported as Apple’s workers, when in reality those workers were assembling Microsoft products.

    1. turns out that they weren’t working on Apple products after all, but we’re making stuff for Microsoft.

      Needless to say, you can always rely on Reuters to embellish the story and make it look like it was Apple’s fault.

  4. I’m not so sure threatening suicide is a good way to get a raise. My boss would have said “Wait let me get my video camera”. “Can you aim for the picket fence?”

  5. They’ve figured it out. They’ve seen how the American media went ga ga over lies. They’ve seen how just nuts all of our kooky protestors are and they can use it, exactly the way people in this country use it.

    You can bet this will be gleefully reported by the New York Times etc. They will be wet with anticipation.

  6. Am I missing something? Perhaps there is a culture issue here that I simply can’t understand. To threaten to take one’s life because of working conditions seems drastic. Then again, I am thinking from a totally western perspective. My initial reaction says, quit if you don’t like the demands of work. But at the same time, do these workers feel like they have no alternatives? Very unusual indeed.

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