More Foxconn workers, frustrated by the company’s cost cutting, jump from buildings

Posted: 04/1/2013 10:00 am

There were two incidents involving frustrated Foxconn workers climbing to the top of buildings in Shenzhen to express their frustration on March 29. Nobody was killed but the incidents cast light on anger caused by lay-offs and cost cutting at the company, Caijing reports.

At around 9 a.m., a female worker jumped from the top of the building and survived her injuries. Then at around 12 noon, three climbed to the top of the building and caused a stand-off that led to fire engines and ambulances arriving at the scene before they were talked into coming down.

A representative of the company admitted to media that the incidents occured but denied that the company was introducing measures to “encourage” workers to resign as the company has seen a decrease in orders this year.

Workers stand at the top of a building threatening to jump, courtesy of http://lc.cf8.com.cn

Some media had earlier reported that the company was giving 600 yuan subsidies to workers who resigned.

The company announced last month that in 2012 it had suffered its biggest net loss since 2005. For this reason, the company has been laying of more people than it has been recruiting.