Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Workers At Chinese XBox Factory Threaten Mass Suicide

You think your job is bad? Workers at a FoxConn factory in China are so unhappy about their pay and other conditions at a factory that builds the XBox for export to the U.S. and other world destinations, that the workers are threatening mass suicide unless pay and other worker conditions improve. For it's part, Microsoft claims they are "investigating " the worker demands.

The Foxconn plant also builds products for export for Apple and for Sony as well as other companies.

The same plant has had past problems with worker suicides before. New workers are required to sign a pledge not to kill themselves by the employer. In 2010, 14 workers took their lives due to poor pay and poor working conditions at the FoxConn plant. Workers generally are paid around $146 dollars a month to work long hours with hazardous chemicals and other poor worker conditions. Most XBox bundles range between $300-$400 in price at discounters in the U.S. Most of the workers who have killed themselves range from 17 to 23 years of age.

Well gee, all of this sure makes playing with THE SIMS seem like a little bit of a bummer!


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