January 11, 2012

FoxconnのXBox工場で300人が屋上に籠城、「全員飛び降りる」と賃上げ要求:Mass Suicide threat at Foxconn XBox plant?

Internet Photo via WantChinaTimes
According to WantChinaTimes, China Jasmine Revolution reported that about 300 Foxconn employees threatened to jump off from the rooftop in Wuhan on Jan 2, asking for a raise. Their boss told them to choose either to quit with compensation or to keep their jobs with no additional salary. Most chose to quit, but the company took back the promise and didn't pay a penny.  The resistance lasted until the mayor of Wuhan came to stop them.

今月2日、Foxconn武漢工場で社員約300名が屋上に丸1日立て篭もり、「賃上げしなければ全員飛び降りる」と脅す事件があった、と中国の反政府メディア「China Jasmine Revolution」が報じた。

WantChinaTimesの英訳によると会社側は、「退職金をもらってやめるか、現賃金で残るか、ふたつにひとつ選べ」と伝えた。翌3日午後9時に武漢市長がきて説得し、自殺は思いとどまらせた。ほとんどの社員は退職金もらって辞める方を選んだのだけど、会社側は騒ぎが収まると約束をシレッと反故にし、退職金も払わなかったんだって。

XBoxの工場で起こった、ということなので、今マイクロソフトが詳しい事情を調べているところ。Foxconnでは2010年に14人が連続自殺し、あの時はアップルもだいぶ叩かれている…。

UPDATE:
NYTimes has more details;
One worker who participated in the Wuhan protest said by telephone that workers shifted to Wuhan had been promised about $450 a month in salary, including overtime pay, but that they had been given about a third less than that and that working conditions in Wuhan were much more difficult. The worker, who asked not to be identified for fear of being punished by Foxconn, said more than 100 workers had decided to protest on the roof of a three-story building on the campus. The protest lasted more than eight hours. Several threatened to commit suicide if their demands were not met, he said. “That day was very cold,” he said. “Some women could not stand the freezing temperatures and fainted.” 
NYタイムズが参加者に電話取材したところによると、3階建てビルの屋上に登ったのは100人以上で、籠城は8時間以上続き、うち何人かが自殺すると脅したらしい。みんなFoxconn最大拠点である深セン工場から武漢に嫌々転勤してきた社員で、転勤のときには「残業代込みで月給約450ドル払う」約束だったのに、いざ来てみたらその3分の2しかもらえず、労働条件もずっと過酷だった。「とても寒い日で、凍てつく気温に耐え切れず気を失った女性も何人かいました」と話している。う~…

[WantChinaTimes via Atlantic Wire]

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