Foxconn's Wuhan workers threaten to jump from rooftops

Foxconn faced more drama this weekend with workers threatening to jump from the roof.

Employees threatened to take the action at the plant located in the central city of Wuhan, following protests over wages, just a month after Apple and Foxconn pledged to improve working conditions.

Foxconn’s Wuhan plant, which employs around 1.2 million workers, was at the centre of the protests, which, according to activist group Information Centre for Human Rights, involved  
roughly 200 workers.

According to a spokesperson for Hon Hai, the protest concerned workplace adjustments and involved workers new to the plant. The spokesperson said that the dispute, however, had already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government.

According to Reuters, Hon Hai also said that no one had done as they had threatened and everyone resumed work once the police had got involved.

Criticism of the company from human rights groups isn’t exactly a new thing, with many activists protesting about the working conditions of employees.

In the past, Foxconn has tried to calm these groups and its employees by pledging more pay and better working conditions.

To ease the amount of suicides the company in the past has put up nets, enlisted monks and offered counselling.

Last week it also took a select number of employees on an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan.