Microsoft And Foxconn End Dispute At Xbox Plant

Microsoft And Foxconn End Dispute At Xbox Plant

Foxconn workers at an Xbox plant in China threatened a mass suicide earlier this month after the manufacturer reportedly refused to pay compensation it had promised earlier. Today, Microsoft and Foxconn have announced that the dispute has now been resolved.

After “extensive talks” between Foxconn, Microsoft, and local government and labor officials, 45 works allegedly resigned voluntarily, while the rest returned to their normal duties following the dispute on January 4.

According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Microsoft was keen to point out that the dispute was not over poor working conditions, but “staffing assignments and transfer policies” instead. The dispute started at the Xbox production factory in Wuhan, China, and around 150 employees were involved, according to Foxconn.

Microsoft’s statement insists the company will continue to monitor the situation:

Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously.

We monitor working conditions closely on an ongoing basis and address issues as they emerge.

Foxconn, which also assembles devices for Apple, Sony, and a number of other companies, isn’t unfamiliar with employee suicides. Back in 2010, 9 Foxconn workers ended their lives in just five months, prompting Apple to ensure better working conditions at the factories.

[via Electronista]

  • LDMartin1959

    “…45 work[er]s allegedly resigned voluntarily…”

    Thank you for using the word ‘allegedly’. Too many other sources would have chosen not to include that word, choosing instead simply to accept the claim of the factory rep (probably a Communist government official posing as a factory rep) without question, having long ago drunk the Socialism Kool-Aid. Thank you for at least subtly acknowledging that the claims of anyone in and under an oppressive Communist/Socialist system should be automatically be viewed with suspicion.

  • bonro001

    Is it just me, or is the mass suicide a bit over the top.  Seems like work stoppage or walkouts would hold more weight.  After the suicide, and Microsoft changes it’s policy, what then? 

  • hanna

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  • Mike Rathjen

    The claims of ANYONE in power in ANY system should be viewed with suspicion, else even good systems can become corrupt.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Well then those “staffing assignments and transfer policies” must have been horrifically bad, assuming these workers weren’t bluffing.

  • Jesper Andersson

    There are 7 billion people here on earth. There are over 750 thousand people who kill themselves each year. There are 1 million workers at Foxconn.

    Purely statistically, according to earth average, about 45 people out of 1 million will cimmit suicide each 5 months. Have I missed something or does Foxconn have a fairly low suicide rate?

  • Chris

    Just bring all the jobs here to the U.S.

  • Bob Forsberg

    What’s wrong with noisy disgruntled people jumping off buildings every month?  A similar protest would be welcome here instead of having “occupy” and sign carrying demonstrations …. increased clean-up costs being the only downside.

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