Pictures Of The Xbox Factory Jumpers

This week, a report surfaced that a group of 300 Xbox 360 factory workers threatened to commit suicide en masse over a labour dispute. The group took the rooftops, but was finally talked down. Here are the photos.

The workers were employees of Foxconn, a company that manufacturers electronics for Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and many more electronics brands. It's also a company notorious for its high turnover rate and suicides.

Yesterday, Microsoft provided Kotaku with its account of what happened and what caused the suicide threats.

While the initial report, which was from Chinese anti-government website China Jasmine Revolution, stated that 300 workers took the roof, there doesn't appear to be 300 people. There look to be about a hundred.

Does that make the fact workers apparently negotiated unpaid severance pay through suicide threats less shocking? Imagine the uproar if 100 employees at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters played this same game of chicken. Imagine if 10 employees did. Imagine if one did.

There is a problem, and we are all contributing to it in one way or another. Companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are making hand over fist, and we are throwing fuel on this hellish fire.

Contrarians will say these workers have it better than those working in rural rice paddies. But writer Mike Daisey, who recently did a fantastic piece on Foxconn for This American Life, put it best: "We sent this jobs overseas and didn't send the protections with them. And it's not right."

Daisey's piece is more centered on Apple via Foxconn, but stories of underage workers, over-crowded dormitories, workers making electronics by hand because its cheaper, factory floors and living spaces monitored with security cameras, security guards brandishing guns, and injured, deformed, and disfigured workers are both haunting and disturbing.

So are these photos.

武汉富士康爆劳资纠纷 百多人欲集体跳楼 [阿波罗网]


Comments

    Actually those photos look like nothing more than a gathering of people. They don't look dishevelled, weary or even ready to actually take their own lives.

    Now this is not to say that those people weren't in a desperate situation or anything of the sort but the photos that Bashcraft calls "haunting" and "disturbing" are far from. I'd say it's nothing more than KotakuUS making another piss poor attempt at being a real news site.

    This is more to blame on foxconn than anyone else they manage the factorys and staff they should be the ones getting worked to the bone by a group of bethesdas lawyers.

      While this is true, it's not like MS, Sony or Apple couldn't intervene in some way. It wouldn't be that much of a stretch for them to be the biggest three clients that Foxconn have.

      A little less corporate greed, a little more action please.

      its more or less foxconn fault. See out of all the factories in China, Foxconn are up their with the best to work at, see alot of these people slaved it out in worst factories in the hope of being transferred into Foxconn, only to realize once they have finally reached the best that its the same tortuous work style, living in the same small size room with several others with barely a break. Hence why suicide is a better option for many and why foxconn get alot of them because there is no better factory. And because there is a billion people in china, there probably isn't much room to move in terms of jobs either. Tho what Chazz said, those images dont really pain the face of mass suicide waiting to happen.

    They're all looking down going 'hey, i wonder why they're here'

    They do look pretty chill for people who are about to take their own lives.

      haven't you heard how it's dishonerable for asains to show emotion when they kill themselves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SngYwMsxJ4U

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMZlr5Gf9yY

    The Xbox Factory? Not a very accurate description.

    I don't think they were going to kill themselves.

    But I agree that their conditions need to be better and we are part of the problem unwittingly or otherwise.

    "There is a problem, and we are all contributing to it in one way or another. Companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are making hand over fist, and we are throwing fuel on this hellish fire."

    To hell with you Brian Ashcraft. To HELL I say!.
    How dare you include us in this.

    Unless you live in a tree and eat nuts your not one to get holier than thou, especially since it was only recently this website tried to deify Steve Jobs when the miserable greedy bastard (thankfully) died.

    We supposedly set wages and conditions?! Is that somewhere in the EULA? The blame here rests squarely at the feet of the management of the companies that use Foxconn.

    Saying that by buying from these companies somehow MAKES them a bunch of greedy immoral arseholes is adding insult to stupidity.

    Consumers aren't to blame.
    Microsoft (or whoever) employees aren't to blame.
    It is ENTIRELY the fault of senior management who make the decision to put pressure on companies like Foxconn to maximise their profit so they can get their ridiculous bonuses.

    Blame those that make the decisions. The buck stops on their gold embossed mahogony desks.

      Not really how markets work, especially markets in China. Yes it's Foxconn's fault, but they have to be the lowest bidder to attract business, and with billions of people as your potential workforce, it really is a race to the bottom. Of course foreign companies are going to award contracts to the manufacturer who can produce the best quality and the cheapest price in the least amount of time, but that doesn't free them from any moral culpability when the upshot of that is such appalling working conditions.

      It's not a nice feeling to wear some of this blame is it? It's a normal first reaction to try and escape the blame.

      But as a consumer we can't play the ignorance card. No one is saying we should wear the most blame, but consumers do have to be accountable for their purchases.

        It's never a consumers fault for a big companies decisions.

        Regardless of whether we buy it or not, the company would still do what they do.

        It's like the whole "green" shit. Companies produce the most pollution, but then put the responsibilites on consumers to buy "green" to save the Earth.

        Fuck you big business, you buy green! It's not my fault.

    Brian Ashcraft is easily the worst journalist (if you could call him that) I have ever seen, to make up a title like that for page views, he was doing the same thing when the 3DS was "failing", I hope he gets fired soon.

    What exactly is the problem here. Yes I read the article. Seems everything is 'as usual'.

    But each man is to his own individual and needs to take on his own responsibility in their life.

    The problem here is not that they tried to 'commit suicide' which i doubt they ever had the intention to do. It has nothing to do what people are willingly to do for our services. The problem is why the law in China doesn't enable them to take action against a company that doesn't pay what they have promised/contracted.

    We can't force China to do that, China has to be willing to do for themselves.

    They actually have a low suicide rate for the amount of people.
    Foxconn also make Dell, apple, x360 and lots more, listen to the 40mi ute radio show on 'theamericanlife' apple foxconn factory.
    A man went inside and talked to the peolple, It's a really powerful story he tells about the conditions.
    I'd link it but I'm on an iPod.. How ironic.

      A year or two ago I did some quick maths, and if Foxconn was a country, its suicide rate would be far less than Australia. Make of that what you will *shrug*

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