About 300 Foxconn employees threatened to kill themselves on Jan. 2 after being denied severance compensation promised by the company. (Internet Photo)
According to the anti-Chinese government website China Jasmine Revolution, about 300 employees at Foxconn Technology Park in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China, threatened to kill themselves by jumping from the top of a building in the park.
On Jan. 2, about 300 employees at the plant belonging to Taiwan-based Foxconn — the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer — reportedly asked their employer for a raise. They were told in response to either quit their positions and receive a compensation package or keep their jobs and receive no additional payment. Most of the employees took the first option but the company terminated the agreement and none of them were given the money they were promised.
As the situation developed, the mayor of Wuhan came to dissuade the former employees from committing suicide. At 9:00pm on Jan. 3, the group chose life.
14 workers at Foxconn plants in other parts of China committed suicide in 2010, with employees frequently complaining of discrimination and long working hours.
Foxconn, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry is the main contractor for Apple's iPhone and iPad in China and also makes electronic products for many other clients.