Foxconn workers at a factory in China threatened to jump from the roof of a building over low wages, but despite reports that the workers were manufacturing Apple products, it is likely that they were manufacturing Xboxes for Microsoft.
On Friday, Rueters reported that the protest, which happened at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China, involved around 200 new workers, who were threatening to commit suicide because they were angry about ‘workplace adjustments’.
The report implied that those workers were part of Apple’s iPhone and iPad production lines. However, a second report from CBS News added that Microsoft also manufactures hardware at the Wuhan Foxconn factory, specifically parts of the Xbox 360, the company’s games console.
In January, employees at the Wuhan factory also threatened to commit suicide after being denied compensation that they had been promised. At the time, Microsoft told Kotaku: “Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we were currently investigating this issue… Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy.”
CBS News points out that the protest is separate from those held over controversies at Apple.
Forbes’ Tim Worstall expressed his annoyance about the matter: “The plant doesn’t have anything to do with Apple. It produces for Microsoft. And yet most of the news stories are leading with headlines about Apple.”
It is likely that Apple is the first to be accused when it comes to protests at Foxconn following the accusations made by Mike Daisey and The New York Times that Apple was ill-treating its employees, leaving CEO Tim Cook furious. These accusations were later retracted when it was revealed that the reports had been fabricated.