Microsoft has all of its consoles produced at a Chinese manufacturing plant owned by Foxconn, yesterday 300 workers at the plant threatened to jump from the roof of the building due to terrible working conditions.
The workers took to the roof after Foxconn reportedly refused to give the workers a pay rise that they had requested; it was then revealed that Foxconn then claimed that employees wouldn’t receive any compensation pay, despite this many workers quit and received none of the compensation they were promised.
Foxconn are no strangers to the news, they are continually in the limelight due to poor working conditions and reported worker suicides, yet they produce products for Dell, Sony, Nintendo, Nokia and Apple as well as Microsoft. The plants reputation grew so much that the Chinese government issued an investigation into its working practices, and to stop suicides safety nets are installed all over the plant.
After the mass suicide threat, that was averted thanks to the Mayor of Wuhan talking the protestors down, Microsoft issued this statement:
“Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we are currently investigating this issue.”
“We have a stringent Vendor Code of Conduct that spells out our expectations, and we monitor working conditions closely on an ongoing basis and address issues as they emerge. Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy.”
It’ll be interesting to see what their investigation finds, and if they decide to make the switch to a different manufacturer for the next xbox console.